Press release from East End Dem Women:
East End Dem Women PAC (EEDW) announced last week their endorsement of Kathy Walsh (I-Centereach) for Brookhaven Town Superintendent of Highways. Walsh, who currently serves as a Brookhaven Town Councilmember, will be on the ballot for the March 5th special election to complete the term of former Highway Superintendent John Rouse who was elected in November as a Suffolk County Court Judge.
East End Dem Women is a Political Action Committee which supports qualified progressive Long Island women who wish to serve their communities through public service.
Walsh, who is running on the Democratic line, was elected to the town board as Republican but changed her party affiliation to the Independence Party last month.
East End Dem Women Brookhaven coordinator and founding Chairwoman Jennifer Maertz, referring to party labels, stated “The letter next to a candidate’s name is not important to us. Our focus is her knowledge and qualifications for the position she seeks, support of women’s rights and equality as well as a dedication to electing more women to public office. We are happy to announce that Kathy Walsh has met our endorsement standards.”
Walsh also brings to the table her experience as acting Brookhaven Town Supervisor during Superstorm Sandy. “Kathy Walsh exhibited a high degree of professionalism and capability throughout the Superstorm crisis. That experience and her work on the Town Council provides Walsh with a unique skill set to lead the highway department through any situation.” said Brookhaven Town Democratic Chairman and former NYS Assemblyman Marc Alessi.
Maertz added “After the recent blizzard where the health and wellbeing of Brookhaven residents were put in jeopardy for days because of the failure of highway management, the public needs to be assured that the candidate we elect for the position of Highway Superintendent is someone with the knowledge, experience, and determination to take charge in a crisis. Kathy has exhibited those qualities along with a compassionate understanding of the needs of the community during such a crisis. Most importantly she has proven that she can put politics aside and work with both parties to get the job done.”
Polls will be open on Tuesday March 5th for all registered voters in Brookhaven Town.