Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) suspended her campaign to run for Congress. She made the announcement in an email to supporters on May 22.
Hahn told TBR News Media it was not an easy decision. “But I’m convinced it’s the right one,” she said. “Too much is at stake now, it’s bigger than me.”
Hahn announced his candidacy to run in New York’s 1st Congressional District in June of last year. The former Deputy Speaker of the County Legislative Assembly was due to run against fellow Suffolk lawmaker Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac) in a primary for the Democratic nomination.
U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin (R) has held the seat since 2015. The congressman is currently campaigning for this year’s Republican nomination for governor of New York state.
In the May 22 email, Hahn said she would unite behind Fleming.
“I might not be on the ballot anymore, but I won’t be on the sidelines,” Hahn said. “Our democracy and our most fundamental rights are all at stake. In order to combat the dark forces that threaten these values, unity is extremely important at this time. With that in mind, I can’t wait to get back on track and hope you’ll join me in supporting Democrats every step of the way.
Fleming filed his nomination certificate on May 23, according to his office. She is now the only Democratic candidate in the congressional district.
Thanking Hahn “for putting together a great race,” in a statement, Fleming said, “Kara has been a model public servant with an extraordinary work ethic and a commitment to improving the lives of Long Islanders. I have look forward to continuing to work with her in the County Legislative Assembly.
Hahn won her sixth term as county legislator last November. This will be his last two-year term in the Suffolk County Legislative Assembly due to term limits.