Nassau County Republicans last night backed Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray for district attorney and tapped town Councilman Anthony Santino -- a longtime party spokesman -- to take her place.
At the GOP's nominating convention in Levittown, the executive committee chose a slate of nearly 50 candidates for county, town, city and judicial races, with few surprises.
Murray, who already announced her candidacy for district attorney, on Monday, will be at the top of the party ticket.
"We are at a crossroads," she told a crowd of several hundred supporters, some of whom wore stickers reading "I [heart] Kate," and party committee members at Wisdom Lane School.
"We need a take-charge official who can work with law enforcement and the residents," Murray said.
All but one of the 12 GOP county legislators will seek re-election, with Francis X. Becker Jr., who has served since the body's 1996 inception, stepping down at the end of the year.
In Hempstead Town, Santino, a senior councilman, will try to win the supervisor's seat Murray has held since 2003.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, first elected in 1997, will run for a ninth term.
Republicans, meanwhile, have not yet chosen a candidate to challenge first-term Democratic North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
The full list of Republican candidates:
District attorney: Murray
County Legislature, 1st District: James C. Major
2nd District: Cornelius Todd Smith
3rd District: Felix Quayson
4th District: Denise Ford
5th District: TBD
6th District: C. William Gaylor
7th District: Howard Kopel
8th District: Vincent Muscarella
9th District: Richard Nicolello
10th District: Lisa Benjamin
11th District: Matthew Connolly
12th District: James Kennedy
13th District: Norma L. Gonsalves
14th District: Laura Schaefer
15th District: Dennis Dunne Sr.
16th District: Angel Cepeda
17th District: Rose Marie Walker
18th District: Donald Mac-Kenzie
19th District: Steven Rhoads
Hempstead Town supervisor: Santino
Town Council 2nd District: Edward Ambrosino
3rd District: Bruce Blakeman
5th District: Erin King Sweeney
Town clerk: Nasrin Ahmad
Town receiver of taxes: Donald Clavin
Oyster Bay Town supervisor: Venditto
Town Council: Joseph Muscarella, Anthony Macagnone, Rebecca Alesia
Town clerk: Jim Altadonna
Town receiver of taxes: James Stefanich
North Hempstead Town supervisor: TBD
Town Council 2nd District: Henry Golis Jr.
4th District: MaryKatherine Barket
6th District: Dina DeGiorgio
Town receiver of taxes: Pepitz Blanchard
Glen Cove City mayor: Reginald Spinello
City Council: Pamela Panzenbeck, Joseph Capobianco, four other seats TBD
Long Beach City Council: Angelo Lomonte, Catherine Quinn, Brian Higgins
Supreme Court justice: 5 candidates TBD
Surrogate's Court judge: Margaret C. Reilly
County Court judge: Robert G. Bogle, Howard E. Sturim, Felice J. Muraca
2nd District Court judge: James Darcy
3rd District Court judge: Frank A. Doddato
4th District Court judge: Paul Meli, Joseph Girardi