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In the last Nassau County executive race four years ago, incumbent Thomas Suozzi appeared on two minor-party lines in addition to the Democratic column. And the Conservative candidate was a staffer in his administration.
But this year -- whether the Democratic contender is Suozzi or businessman Adam Haber -- the rest of the ballot promises to be better tilted toward GOP incumbent Edward Mangano.
For one thing, Mangano this time is assured of carrying the Conservative line -- on which candidate Steve Hansen took 9,751 votes in 2009. And well-placed Democrats seem to think the Independence line -- which gave Suozzi 6,972 votes last time -- will go to Mangano.
In the Working Families Party, through which Suozzi won 3,631 votes in 2009, a source said: "It's early for us to focus on county executive races. I don't think this has gotten a lot of consideration so far."