Democratic Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo announced his candidacy Tuesday to replace retiring Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), vowing to fight for South Shore residents still recovering from superstorm Sandy.
Eramo, 40, a Democrat whose Long Beach home was destroyed in the October 2012 storm, faces a Democratic primary against former United States Attorney Todd Kaminsky, who declared his candidacy last month. Weisenberg, 80, who has represented the 20th Assembly District since 1989, has endorsed Kaminsky, 36.
At a news conference Tuesday on the Long Beach boardwalk, Eramo said he will fight to make sure Sandy victims "have the resources they need to return to financial stability."
Eramo, a Verizon field technician who was elected to the City Council in November, is a member of the Communications Workers of America and is a former co-chairman of the Nassau County chapter of the Working Families.
Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said Lawrence School Board trustee Asher Mansdorf and Long Beach attorney Robert Solomon have expressed interest in running for the Assembly seat.
Masdorf will make a decision on the race later this week, according to a spokesman. Solomon did not respond to a request for comment.
Nassau Republican Party spokesman Anthony Santino said the GOP will pick its candidate next week.
The district, which covers Nassau's southwest corner, has 39,529 registered Democrats, 31,748 Republicans and 20,499 voters unaffiliated with a major political party, according to the state Board of Elections.