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Towns Reportedly to end Re-Election Campaign

Veteran congressman to retire after a 30-year career in the U.S. House, according to the Daily News

Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-Brooklyn, will not seek a 16th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Daily News' Daily Politics blog.

The report had Towns calling longtime colleagues late Sunday night to inform them of his decision to end his reelection bid for the newly redrawn 8th Congressional District.

Towns' staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If confirmed, news of Towns' retirement would cap a re-election effort notable for its dearth of campaigning and .

In recent weeks, Towns' challenger Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, D-Fort Greene, racked up —support crucial in getting out the vote for a June primary historically marked by low turnout.

Jeffries also recently received the backing of Bed-Stuy's Vanguard Independent Democratic Association.

Councilman Charles Barron, D-East New York, who came within 8 percentage points from beating Towns in 2006, is also running to represent the new 8th Congressional District, which includes Fort Greene-Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy and Prospect Heights.

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