John Brown Smokehouse owner Josh Bowen launches campaign for state Senate


Dutch Kills resident and restaurateur Josh Bowen has grown exasperated with elected leaders in western Queens over the years he’s decided to run for office himself.

Bowen, the owner of John Brown Smokehouse, announced Thursday he will run for state Senate as an Independent candidate in the newly drawn District 59.

“I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, supporting many of our local representatives, but they have failed to be serious about addressing the crime, homelessness and failing economy in our community,” Bowen said. “The radical move toward socialism has left me feeling further and further detached from the party I grew up with and have fought in the past to support.”

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