Saying he will not be a candidate for the 16th State Senate District seat this year, attorney and businessman John Messer announced late Monday that he agonized over the decision, but pulled out for personal and business reasons.
But Messer, who previously ran twice in Democratic primaries against incumbent Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), left the door open for future candidacies. “Know that I am absolutely not leaving you,” he wrote in a message to supporters. “In fact, you will be seeing more of me. We have so much to accomplish together.”
He pointed to personal and business reasons for not running, especially renewable energy and long-term business projects “which are now nearing completion and require my full-time energies.”
Messer added that over the next several years he wants to bring more renewable energy to the area and improve air quality. In addition, he is working with vertical wind technologies “to help ensure that our communities aren’t paralyzed again as they were after Hurricane Sandy.”
Messer said he “struggled” over his decision “to postpone my personal political aspirations,” but vowed to remain relevant.
The former candidate ran in 2010 and 2012. The 16th District includes parts of Elmhurst, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Oakland Gardens.
Running against Stavisky in the fall primary is S.J. Jung, a Korean activist and Flushing businessman.