Brookhaven Republicans are giving Dean Murray, who ran a dogged but losing race against Suffolk Legis. Jack Eddington in November, a second shot at elected office.
The town GOP Monday night name Murray as their candidate to run for the Third District Assembly seat vacated by Patricia Eddington, who was elected Brookhaven town clerk in November and took over with the New Year. Murray lost to Eddington's husband by 370 votes, 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent. Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven GOP chairman, said Murrary deserves a second chance because he came within a whisker of upsetting Eddington and has a significant 5,000 vote base on which he can now build. "He is a small businessman who knows the bottom line," said Garcia. Democrats have yet to name a candidate.