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Former Nassau County executive candidate Adam Haber has formed a campaign committee to run for the State Senate seat held by Republican Jack Martins of Mineola. The committee – Haber for New York – was registered Thursday.
“I am exploring all of my options and the best way to serve my community,” said Haber, a businessman who largely self-financed his unsuccessful Democratic campaign for county executive last year. “And, this is the first step in that process.”
Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said he expects Haber to run. “I think he would make an excellent candidate,” Jacobs said.
Martins spokesman Chris Schneider said:
"Senator Martins is proud of his record of cutting taxes, controlling spending, creating jobs, and putting New York State back on the right track. He's been a fighter for the residents of the 7th Senate District, our schools and our communities and we're confident that they will continue to appreciate his efforts on their behalf, regardless of who his opponent is."
The race is expected to be among the most competitive on Long Island. Democrats have a nearly 19,000-person voter enrollment advantage in the 7th Senate District, according to the State Board of Elections.
The race could have also statewide implications. The Republicans’ narrow majority in the Senate depends on a coalition that includes a conservative Democrat and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference.