UTICA, N.Y. – Former Congressman Anthony Brindisi has decided not to run for Congress in 2022, despite declaring his intention to try and reclaim his seat back in January.
He says he is proud of what he accomplished during his time representing the 22nd Congressional District, but wants to focus more on his family.
“This is a crucial time in my kids’ lives, with my son starting high school and daughter entering her final year of elementary school. I’ve missed a lot, and want to be closer to my family,” said Brindisi.
I've decided I will not be running for Congress again in 2022. I want to thank everyone for their continued support, and know that I’ll still be an advocate for this community, regardless of if I’m a Congressman, Assemblyman, neighbor or friend.
— Anthony Brindisi (@ABrindisiNY) June 24, 2021
Brindisi lost the 2020 election to Congresswoman Claudia Tenney by 109 votes, following months of court proceedings to determine the winner of the race. It was the last race to be decided in the nation, with the winner officially declared in February.
Brindisi said he’s proud of the work he did while serving the 22nd District.
“We accomplished a lot in two short years — from expanding mental health care for our veterans and active-duty personnel to ensuring our tax dollars go towards supporting American manufacturing and jobs,” he said.
After the 2020 election, Brindisi returned to his family’s law practice and is a partner at Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi & Pearlman, but he says he may not be done with public service just yet.
"I'm giving up on Congressional service right now, but im not giving up on public service. I'm young, I'm only 42 years old," said Brindisi. "I still love this community. It's my hometown. I still want to give back to the community. I'm not ruling out future runs for public service but if I do, it's going to be something closer to home."
John Zogby of Zogby Analytics says new candidates could come forward, but the redistricting planned in New York may affect who runs. The state is slated to lose a Congressional seat after the most recent Census.
Watch Zogby's full analysis above.