When Huge Ma, better known in New York as Vax Daddy, shut down the website he built last year to help city residents make appointments to get a coronavirus vaccine, he realized there were other more established types of public service to pursue.

So Mr. Ma, a Democrat, decided to run for State Assembly, building off the folk hero status he achieved during the pandemic, with a campaign centered on policy issues he cared about, including transportation and the climate crisis.

But an unexpected twist led Mr. Ma to end his nascent campaign this month just as it was getting underway: When the state’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process was complete, his home was outside the Queens district he hoped to represent.

Huge Ma, best known for his website that helped New Yorkers find vaccine appointments, ended his bid for the State Assembly after new district maps came out.Credit…Amir Hamja for The New York Times ALBANY, N.Y. — When Huge Ma, better known in New York as Vax Daddy, shut down […]

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