Nassau County Republicans released their slate of nominees for the November elections Tuesday night, seeking to take back the Hempstead supervisor and multiple town, city and legislature seats.
Donald X. Clavin Jr., the Republican Hempstead receiver of taxes, launched his bid for town supervisor Tuesday to unseat Supervisor Laura Gillen. He is campaigning on a ticket with former Supervisor Kate Murray, who is running for town clerk, Republican officials said.
Republicans have not yet named a candidate to challenge Democratic Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
All nominations passed by party vote Tuesday night at the Republican Party convention at Levittown Hall in Hicksville.
Clavin, 50, of Garden City, announced his candidacy Tuesday in Valley Stream as Nassau Republicans attempt to take back the supervisor seat that was lost to a Democrat in 2017 for the first time in a century.
"We need someone that is going to put you the taxpayer, you the hard worker, you the father, mother that both have to go out to jobs to pay for kids. We need taxpayers first and that’s why I’m running for Town of Hempstead supervisor," Clavin said.
Murray, 56, of Levittown, is making her return to politics after serving 12 years as Hempstead town supervisor. She vacated her seat at the end of her sixth term when she launched a failed bid in 2015 for Nassau County district attorney. She currently serves as spokeswoman and vice president of institutional advancement at Nassau Community College.
"The second time I hope is sweeter than the first time," Murray said. "I’ve been town clerk. I’ve been supervisor. So in a unique way, I know what it is to be supervisor, and I know Don Clavin has what it takes to be supervisor.”
Clavin has served as receiver of taxes since he was first appointed in 2001. He is a five-time incumbent whose seat is also up for re-election. Clavin previously worked as deputy attorney for Nassau County, where he was tasked with defending county agencies in litigation. He also worked in the private sector defending corporations, including Home Depot and General Motors.
He has been building his profile and increasing his visibility over the past year, such as by holding frequent news conferences and challenging Nassau County’s tax assessment system.
Gillen will seek re-election to a second term as one of two Democrats on the board.
Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs criticized Clavin for his series of news conferences as tax receiver before he was a candidate for supervisor.
"Now we know why Tax Collector Don Clavin was spending hundreds of thousands of your taxpayer money to promote himself and his partisan agenda for the past year and a half," Jacobs said.
Jacobs also criticized Murray's prior term as supervisor, which he said left the town with a deficit in the millions.
Murray will be running against Democratic Clerk Sylvia Cabana, who is also seeking re-election.
Designated Republican candidates
District Attorney: TBA
Nassau County Legislature
District 1: Cherice P. Vanderhall
District 2: Cornelius Todd Smith
District 3: no candidate designated
District 4: Denise A. Ford
District 5: Daniel A. Salamone
District 6: C. William Gaylor
District 7: Howard J. Kopel
District 8: Vincent T. Muscarella
District 9: Richard J. Nicolello
District 10: Helene Sherman
District 11: James M. Greenberg
District 12: James D. Kennedy
District 13: Thomas McKevitt
District 14: Laura M. Schaefer
District 15: John R. Ferretti II
District 16: Jennifer L. Garber
District 17: Rose Marie Walker
District 18: Timothy Jenks
District 19: Steven D. Rhoads
Supervisor: Donald X. Clavin Jr.
Clerk: Kate Murray
Receiver of Taxes: Jeanine C. Driscoll
Council District 2: Thomas E. Muscarella
Council District 3: Bruce A. Blakeman
Council District 5: Erin King Sweeney
North Hempstead Town
Supervisor: David P. Redmond
Receiver of Taxes: Ronald O. Rochester
Council District 2: Ragini Srivastava
Council District 4: David Yaudoon Chiang
Council District 6: Dina M. DeGiorgio
Oyster Bay Town
Joseph S. Saladino
Clerk: Richard L. Lamarca
Receiver of Taxes: Jeffrey P. Pravato
Council member: Steven L. Labriola
Council member: Laura L. Maier
Council member: Vicki A. Walsh
City of Long Beach:
Councilmember: Anissa D. Moore
Councilmember: Michael A. DeLury
Councilmember: Lauren M. Doddato-Goldman
City of Glen Cove
Mayor: Reginald A. Spinello
Council member: Pamela D. Panzenbeck
Council member: Joseph Capobianco
Council member: Nicholas A. DiLeo Jr.
Council member: Kevin P. Maccarone
Council member: Donna M. McNaughton
Council member: Kenneth E. Pilla
County Court: Meryl J. Berkowitz
District 2: Gary Carlton
District 2: Joy M. Watson
District 3: Erica Prager
District 3: David Goodsell
District 3: Karen Moroney
District 4: Rhonda Erin Fischer