Astoria activist Rana Abdelhamid suspends ‘historic’ congressional campaign


When she launched her congressional campaign at a Little Egypt coffee shop on Steinway Street in April 2021, Astoria community organizer Rana Abdelhamid took on 14-term Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who has represented western Queens for nearly three decades.

Just over a year later, Abdelhamid suspended her primary challenge Tuesday after congressional redistricting torpedoed her campaign by erasing her Muslim and Arab “community of interest” from the District 12 map in mid-May.

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