Jennifer Maertz, D-Rocky Point, announced her candidacy Tuesday for the First Senate District, to run against incumbent Ken Lavalle, R- Port Jefferson.
Maertz ran in the First Senate District race against Lavalle in 2010, making her the first candidate to run against the 35-year incumbent more than once. She entered the 2010 race two months before the election and earned 34 percent of the vote.
“I made a promise to continue to advocate for Long Island families and local businesses," she said in a release. "I am announcing my intentions to continue that effort by working to provide eastern Suffolk County with the representation it deserves in the State Senate.”
Maertz, currently a practicing litigation attorney, graduated from St. John’s University, Touro Law School, and received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. She has a history serving on local civic and youth council boards, and has been recognized by the Town of Brookhaven for her volunteer efforts with local youth.