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Donnelly to enter Smithtown council race

Former Smithtown highway superintendent Daniel Donnelly said Friday that he will run for town council in the Conservative Party primary.

Donnelly said he will challenge incumbent councilmen Robert Creighton and Edward Wehrheim in the Sept. 13 primary. The two top vote-getters will run in the November general election. The town Conservative committee endorsed Wehrheim and Creighton earlier this year.

Wehrheim and Creighton also face a Republican primary challenge from Lawrence Gray, husband of former councilwoman Joanne Gray.

Donnelly had circulated petitions to place Frances Kalabza on the Conservative primary ballot, but she declined to run, town Conservative chairwoman Janine Barbera said. Donnelly had until Friday to name a new candidate, Barbera said.

Donnelly was highway superintendent for four years, but did not run for re-election in 2001. He tried to regain his old post in 2009, but lost Republican, Conservative and Independence primaries.

He had been the town’s Conservative chairman until 2002, when he was replaced after launching an unsuccessful attempt to oust then-county Conservative Party chairman Pasquale Curcio.

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