Democrat Erica Vladimer on Friday ended her bid for the party's nomination in the 12th congressional district. 

Vladimer, an attorney, had challenged Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, launching her campaign last year. 

"The answer we’ve come to is a difficult one. And so today, with a broken heart, but with clear eyes and fierce determination to achieve those ultimate goals, the time has come for me to end my candidacy for Congress in NY-12," Vlaimder said.

"I am so damn proud of what we accomplished over the past eight months. Together, we forced long-overdue conversations regarding the most critical issues facing our district. We helped center the voices of those previously relegated to the sidelines of our political processes. We exemplified what a new era of electoral politics should look like."

She also released a letter to supporters here.

Vladimer was a prominent voice in the push to reform sexual harassment and misconduct laws in New York.

In 2018, she accused then-Sen. Jeff Klein, the former leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, of forcibly kissing her. Klein has denied the allegation.

He ultimately would lose his Democratic primary later that year to Sen. Alessandra Biaggi.