After 30 years in Congress, Representative Ed Towns will not seek reelection this year.
“After months of long family discussions, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the United State House of Representatives," Towns said in a statement Monday morning. "I believe firmly that we would have won a 16th term had we decided to run."
His move leaves New York's 10th Congressional District with two main challengers, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Councilman Charles Barron.
Despite his incumbent advantage, Towns had less money in his campaign coffers than Jeffries at the end of March, with just $253,799 on hand compared to Jeffries’ $398,351.
Towns, a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and current leader of the new Social Work Caucus, represents the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York, Carnasie, Boreum Hill, and sections of Fort Greene and Williamsburg.