Jan. 6, 2020 By Kristen Torres
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer today received a new celebrity endorsement for his run to be the next Queens Borough President.
Actor Kal Penn—who recently starred in NBC’s “Sunnyside”—endorsed Van Bramer on Monday. Penn played Garrett Modi in the show—a disgraced former council member who is hired by immigrants to help them navigate their path to citizenship.
Van Bramer and Penn will be canvassing for signatures in Sunnyside Monday evening. They will be meeting with volunteers at Sanger Hall—at 48-20 Skillman Ave.—around 5 p.m. before heading out to meet nearby residents.
All candidates need 2,000 valid signatures by Jan. 14 to get on the ballot.
Van Bramer was endorsed last month by former gubernatorial candidate and “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.
🚨Another amazing endorsement!🚨
I am proud to have @kalpenn in my corner, fighting back against the Trump administration for a Queens where everyone can succeed no matter where you come from or what language you speak. Together we can create a Queens for all. #QueensValues pic.twitter.com/7umhBtv0XP
— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) January 6, 2020
Van Bramer was also endorsed by public advocate Jumaane Williams last week.
“Jimmy Van Bramer is a progressive champion who will fight for a Queens for all,” Williams said in a statement Friday. “Jimmy has shown courage time and again to do what’s right.”
The special election is scheduled for March 24. Former Queens Borough President Melinda Katz vacated the office on Jan. 1 to be the Queens District Attorney.
Others vying for borough president include Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards; former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley; and law enforcement reform advocate Anthony Miranda.