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Although no date has yet been set, local Democrats are reviewing four contenders for an upcoming special election to fill the now vacant 1st Assembly district seat created by the election of Dan Losquadro as Brookhaven highway superintendent.

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Contenders include lawyer Jennifer Maertz, of Rocky Point, who ran a losing state Senate primary last year; county park police officer Tom Schiliro, who ran a losing town board primary several years ago; Cutchogue winery owner Jim Waters, and attorney John McManmon of Riverhead.

Republicans earlier disclosed that their contenders include Southold town board member Christopher Talbot, former Brookhaven Town board member Kevin McCarrick, and town planning aide William Faulk, former chief of staff to Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine, when he was a county lawmaker.