As Queens Borough President Melinda Katz picked up a major endorsement by the Queens County Democratic Organization on Monday, what was lost in the foray was the announcement that Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) will not run for re-election in District 31, according to members of the group.

    Assembly member  Michele Titus

    Titus, a representative of Assembly District 31, which consists of South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, Far Rockaway and Laurelton, will instead pursue a position in the civil court as a judge.

    Eyeing a bid for her seat is her fellow 31st Assembly Democratic co-District Leader Richard David.

    “I have had the privilege of working with Assembly Member Titus as co-District Leader in the 31st Assembly District, Part B. I think she will bring greater compassion and fairness to the judiciary especially for communities of color who face some of the harshest sentencing,” said David. “We now have a historic opportunity to elect a new Assembly Member at a time where there is renewed vigor in the state legislature, unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime.”

    David is looking forward to engaging with residents and stakeholders to elect the best person to represent the district.

    David previously ran against Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) last year, and although he didn’t win, he did have a solid second place outing with 2,822, or 31.59 percent, of the 8,933 votes that were cast, according to Ballotpedia.

    He ran on a platform to create more community centers, better public transportation, and to improve education for School District 28, which covers Jamaica, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.

    The primary for the civil court seat in June.

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