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In the Democrats' free-for-all for the second Assembly district nomination, hometown contenders came out ahead at the Riverhead Town party convention last week.

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John McManmon, a Riverhead attorney and son of deputy elecitons commissioner Jeanne O’Rourke, came out on top with about 4,200 weighted gubernatorial votes, followed by Ronald Hariri, an attorney from Riverhead who had about 560 votes, and Tom Schiliro, a county park police officer, who had about 180.

However, Riverhead has only 36 percent of the district vote and Brookhaven, which has 42 percent of the vote, will hold its convention on Tuesday night. Southold will follow on Wednesday, which has 22 percent of the district vote. Other contenders include attorney Jennifer Maertz of Rocky Point who ran twice for State Senate, Jim Waters, a Cutchogue winery owner, and Patricia Snyder, director of the East End Arts Council.