Representative Ed Towns Will Not Seek Re-election

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Congressman Edolphus Towns (D) from New York's tenth district disclosed his decision Sunday night to drop out of the race for the re-drawn Eighth Congressional seat, according to the Daily News. Towns would have sparred with two challengers this cycle, assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene) and City Councilman Charles Barron. First elected in 1982, 77-year-old Towns has served fifteen terms and is one of the longest-tenured members of Congress, and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. You know, it's a pretty good day to not be in charge of that committee.