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Kepert keeps seat on Brookhaven board

Connie Kepert, Brookhaven Councilwoman, 4th District. (June 28,

Connie Kepert, Brookhaven Councilwoman, 4th District. (June 28, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert, above, will return for another two years in office, as the town’s Republican Party conceded Thursday amid a recanvass of the Nov. 8 vote.

Kepert, a Democrat, had been challenged by Rick Cunha, a Republican.

The election night count had Kepert with 5,551 votes — 51.26 percent — and Cunha with 5,275. Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia said Thursday that it had become clear during the recanvass that Cunha had too much ground to make up.

Kepert’s victory maintains the Brookhaven board’s 4-3 Republican and Conservative majority. However, one Republican, Deputy Supervisor Kathleen Walsh, frequently votes with the Democrats, giving them a de facto 4-3 advantage.

Kepert said she was relieved by the news.

“It was a squeaker. It’s a great feeling to have it all over,” she said.

Garcia said despite the outcome of the race he is “proud of the campaign and the hard work of the volunteers.”

Photo: Connie Kepert (June 28, 2011)

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