I decided to run for Babylon Town Council, when I discovered that there was only one candidate running for an open seat on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. I approached the Democratic Party and was informed that they would not be running a candidate. I thought it was important that the voters actually have a choice in the election, and that we try to elect a Democrat.
I was honored to be endorsed by the Working Families Party on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I announced my candidacy on Facebook, and we began collecting signatures to secure a position on the Democratic Party Line.
On Thursday I was told that Claire McKeon also sought the endorsement of the Democratic Party for the Town Council seat, and the party has made clear to me that they are fully supporting Claire. Now that the party is running a candidate on the Democratic line I have decided to suspend my campaign. I am happy to endorse Claire and will work to elect her to represent me on the Babylon Town Council.
I will return to my work with New York's 2nd District Democrats, and after this experience, redouble my efforts to elect principled Democrats at all levels of government, including the State Senate, Assembly, and Congress
I am so grateful to the members of New York’s 2nd District Democrats and others who stepped forward to help me collect signatures. I am inspired by the magnitude of the support that I received in such a short period of time. It is a testament to the strength and passion of the grassroots. I look forward to an opportunity to serve Long Islanders in public office when the time is right.
Thanks to your efforts we have won a small, but important victory. The voters deserve to have a choice in elections and the Democratic Party here must stand for that basic principle at a minimum.