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Brookhaven Republicans have picked legislative candidates in what officials say will be two key targeted races aimed at taking out freshman Democrats Legis. Sarah Anker of Mt. Sinai and Rob Calarco of Patchogue.
The party will run attorney Jennifer Jungst of Shoreham, active in civic matters, to take on Anker, who last year won an upset victory in the heavily Republican north shore district. The GOP has also selected John Halverson, a local Patchogue attorney and former assistant district attorney, whose family owns the local restaurant On the Waterfront. His father Edward Halverson was once a top homicide detective.
Calarco said he does not know Halverson but said he is running on his record as legislator on issues like preserving and relocating the village’s historic Carnegie library and proposing a task force to protect the coast line.
The selections come as the county convention is scheduled for tomorrow night at the Ramada Inn in Holtsville. The Brookhaven Town GOP convention is expected to be held a week later.
Legislative aide Kevin LaValle, brother of Suffolk GOP chairman John Jay LaValle, is the leading contender for take on town board member Kathleen Walsh, a Republican who has switched her enrollment to the Independence Party and is running on the Demcoratic ballot line.
The party is also expected to name Leslie Schneider to take on Democratic town board member Steve Fiore Rosenfeld. Schneider, a former Port Jefferson village trustee and former aide to State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, now works in business development.
Smithtown Republicans, meanwhile, are likely to have a donnybrook Monday in their convention pitting long-time incumbent Patrick Vecchio against town board member Robert Creighton. The party, meanwhile, is naming Paul Hennings of St. James, the attorney for the town Zoning Board of Appeals, as the party’s legislative candidiate to succeed Lynne Nowick.