With Sarah Anker officially named the Democratic candidate to in the Suffolk County Legislature and Republican candidate Martin Haley already lined up, the candidates are set for the special election, which will take place on Tuesday, March 29.
The seat, which covers Miller Place, Sound Beach, Rocky Point, Mount Sinai and part of Middle Island, was vacated by New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro. Anker, a resident of Mount Sinai, is currently the director of Brookhaven's Office of Energy and Sustainability. She is also the founder and former executive director of the Community Health and Environmental Coalition in Mount Sinai
“She was chosen primarily because of her extensive background in community service working with the Mount Sinai school board as well as the community health initiative that she started dealing with the breast cancer issue in the Rocky Point, Miller Place, Mount Sinai area,” Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer said. "We think she's a fabulous candidate and will do very well."
The Suffolk County Republican Committee chose Haley as it's candidate to run for the historically republican seat at a convention on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
“It’s exciting to be able to put all of my experiences in management and policymaking to work for the benefit of my neighbors in the Sixth Legislative District," Haley said in a statement on the Brookhaven Republican committee website.
Haley has previously served as a legislator in the sixth district from 1995 to 2003. He is currently the Brookhaven Town building commissioner.