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Romaine Earns GOP Nod in Brookhaven Supe Race

Suffolk County Legislator from Center Moriches will go up against Brian Beedenbender, Mark Lesko's chief of staff.

One week after Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine announced he was in the race for Brookhaven Supervisor, he said Modnay he had secured support of the Republican party.

The former Suffolk County clerk will face Democrat Brian Beedenbender, the chief of staff of current Supervisor Mark Lesko, on Nov. 6. Lesko to take a job leading Accelerate Long Island.

The Brookhaven Town Republican Committee's executive committe made the decision unanimously at the committee's headquarters in Medford on Monday evening.

In an interview with Patch last week, Romaine, a Center Moriches resident, said the decision to leave his current post was a tough one, though one he made with a couple of factors in mind.

"First, Brookhaven has huge fiscal problems and would be a challenge. Second, my son - he was a councilman, and cared deeply about the town," Romaine said, referring to his son Keith, who died at the age of 36 during his tenure as a Brookhaven councilman.

Beedenbender, 32, has served as Lesko's chief of staff since the beginning of 2010. He previously served one term in the county legislature before losing a race to Legis. Tom Muratore, R-Ronkonkoma.

Archie Bunker August 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Romaine lives in Center Moriches, part of Brookhaven
Bill L August 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
A career politician with no interest to help, only self serving
Archie Bunker August 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Which makes up about 99.99% of all politicians. to think otherwise would be naive.
Justin Time August 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I am sure "Ed" doesent do everything by himself. Let's see what magic he works going forward!
crookhaven September 05, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Whoever wins please get rid of the beach educator making 52k per year and living in a taxpayer owned beach house at west meadow beach. Eileen Gerle is just an act of nepotism by fiore-rosenfeld. A waste of money.

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