William Naughton, the former longtime Huntington highway superintendent, has announced plans to run for the town board.

The 81-year-old Huntington Democrat, who voters ousted in 2013 in favor of Peter Gunther, said he will fight to return transparency to town government.

"I felt it might be time to get the town board back on the right track," said Naughton, who was superintendent of highways for 26 years. "My record shows that I have served this town in an honest and responsible manner for over 25 years."

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Naughton referred to a news release announcing his candidacy that says he "plans to bring his hands-on managerial style and fiscally conservative prowess to town government."

His bid sets up a possible Democratic primary in the fall between Naughton and the two candidates the party endorsed last Wednesday: town board member Susan Berland of Dix Hills, a nonpracticing attorney, and Keith Barrett of Melville, an auto repair shop owner who heads the Huntington Station Business Improvement District.

Huntington Town Democratic Committee chairwoman Mary Collins said she is confident of the chances of Berland and Barrett.

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"We have two excellent candidates who I am sure are going to do well in this election cycle," Collins said.

Barrett could not be reached for comment. Berland said she had not seen the announcement and could not comment.

Each of the candidates must secure at least 1,000 signatures on a petition to be on the ballot. Huntington Town Board seats are at-large, so the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the primary will win the nomination.