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Democrats splinter over slate in Long Beach

Democrats have fractured in Long Beach as they seek a replacement to fill the seat of City Council Vice President Fran Adelson, who is not seeking re-election to spend more time with family after her first four-year term.

In her absence, the Nassau County Democratic Party nominated three candidates at its convention Tuesday: incumbents Len Torres and Anthony Eramo and first-time candidate Karen Adamo, a real estate agent, past president of the Long Beach Historical Society and a board member of the Long Beach farmers market.

They will face Republicans Angelo LoMonte, a media and marketing executive; Catherine Quinn, an attorney and associate director for career services at Fordham School of Law; and Brian Higgins, a Verizon operations manager.

Long Beach Democratic Club chairman Mike Zapson said the city's party is united with a strong slate.

But Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said Wednesday that additional candidates may petition to seek the nomination through a primary.

"There's a split in Long Beach between the establishment and the reform group, who want to see changes in the party and how things are done in Long Beach," Jacobs said. "I would rather see it in a primary and let the voters decide if they want reform."

Zapson said the city's party had nominated Adamo. But leading up to the convention, Nassau County party officials said Nassau County Community College Professor Anissa Moore was seeking the nomination. Moore did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

Jacobs would not commit to supporting either Adamo or Moore. He said the party was initially prepared to nominate Moore, and that Moore and several other unnamed candidates were considering a run for City Council and challenging the slate of candidates in a primary. He said the party did not want to have that fight on the convention floor.

Zapson said the nominations were set for the election as soon as Jacobs announced them at the convention.

"We will oppose any attempt by outside influences in Long Beach," Zapson said. "These are the official candidates of the Nassau Democratic Party, recommended by the Long Beach Democratic club. I'm not aware of anyone else looking to run, and I'd be surprised."

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