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Nassau GOP picks candidate for special election in open legislative seat

The candidates for next month’s special election in Nassau's 2nd Legislative District have been set.

Democrat Siela Bynoe, a top official at the Huntington Housing Authority, will challenge Republican Pepitz Blanchard of Westbury, a respiratory therapist for Nassau University Medical Center.

Nassau GOP spokesman Anthony Santino confirmed Friday that the party had nominated Blanchard, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat last year.

The winner will replace former Legis. Robert Troiano, a Democrat who recently vacated the seat to take a post with the Town of North Hempstead.

The election is Feb. 11.

The 2nd Legislative District -- which includes Hempstead, West Hempstead, Westbury, New Cassel, Lakeview, Hicksville, Rockville Centre and East Garden City -- has 24,395 registered Democrats, 6,031 registered Republicans and 5,976 unaffiliated voters, according to the Nassau Board of Elections. 

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