Dems Nominate Beedenbender to Follow Lesko

Mark Lesko's Chief of Staff Brian Beedenbender is nominated to run on the Democratic line to fill the vacancy in the town supervisor's seat.

Hours after Republican County Legislator Ed Romaine announced that to fill the Brookhaven Supervisor seat left open by , Newsday reported that Democrats voted on a nominee of their own: Lesko's chief of staff and a former county legislator himself, Brian Beedenbender.

The unanimous vote reportedly took place at Brookhaven Democratic Committee headquarters in East Setauket, where Committee Chairman Mark Alessi said the party was impressed with the enthusiasm Beedenbender brings to the table.

"Everyone had an interest," Alessi told Newsday. "But everyone was inspired by Brian's passion to do the job."

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.

Alessi told Patch last week, following Lesko's resignation on Wednesday, that  and current Town Clerk Patricia Eddington were all contenders for the party nod.

In addition to Romaine, other possible GOP candidates include Assemblymen Dan Losquadro, R-Shoreham, and Dean Murray, R-East Patchogue, as well as Romaine's counterpart in the Legislature, Muratore.

Click here to read the entire article on Newsday (subscription required).


Allan Aronson August 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Brian Beedenbender is the most qualified candidate to replace Mark Lesko. As his Chief of Staff Brian is familiar with the day-to-day operation of the office and the town. He will continue Mr. Lesko' s successful initiatives and navigate the town through difficult economic times.
crookhaven August 22, 2012 at 06:10 AM
lesko successful? he's running away like a scared dog! should be an interesting race between the two new candidates.
Justin Time August 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM
They are only as good as the committees that control them.


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