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Lenz seeks ballot slot for Brookhaven GOP primary

Brian Lenz, a former Brookhaven Town traffic safety official, is collecting petitions to wage a Republican primary against Conservative town board member Jane Bonner, who is running with GOP support.

Lenz, 36, of Mount Sinai, said he already has knocked on more than 2,000 doors and collected more than the minimum 500 signatures required to qualify for the ballot, though he is collecting more to avoid a primary challenge.

Lenz’s $100,000-a-year assistant director of traffic safety job was abolished in April in an economy move. Lenz worked for the town for nine years, the last three as assistant traffic safety director.

Lenz said he has worked on campaigns in the past and has always been interested in seeking elected office but did not expect to get a chance to run until much later in his career. “Nothing being done that is horribly wrong, but with my experience, I think we can do things more efficiently and cut red tape to make things run better,” he said.

But Brookhaven GOP chairman Jesse Garcia said, “This is simply a disgruntled town employee who has nothing better to do than circulate petitions against a popular and effective council member.”

Bonner, a town board member since 2007, has twice faced Republican primaries — two years ago against former assistant town attorney Raymond Negron, and four years ago against Maria Navarro, both of which she won with nearly three-quarters of the vote.

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