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Now that his party picked off a North Fork legislative seat long held by Republicans, Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer has moved his corps of about 20 paid grassroots operatives into Brookhaven for a special election March 5  for highway superintendent.

Schaffer said those operatives began a new round of door-knocking last Wednesday and the county party will also invest in the town race, although a decision on how much to spend won’t be made until after meetings in the coming week. The party spent $50,000 at the outset of the recent legislative contest, and final postelection figures are not in.

Democrats are running Republican town board member Kathleen Walsh of Centereach against GOP Assemb. Dan Losquadro of Shoreham.

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Republicans say Walsh, who often sided with former Democratic Supervor Mark Lesko, is a turncoat who lied to GOP officials, saying initially she would support whoever they chose. Walsh has re-registered into the Independence Party but that change does not take effect until after November elections. Losquadro has the Independence Party endorsement

But Schaffer countered, “I think Kathy is a terrific candidate whose message will resonate with voters that she is above partisan politics and more concerned about the quality of services taxpayers receive.”