Dems Back Edwards For Supervisor

Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards

Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards

The Huntington Town Democratic Committee designated Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards as its candidate for supervisor during a caucus held Thursday night.

Edwards said in a Facebook post Friday morning, “In a three way race, I am so honored and humbled that I received 11,321 (83 percent) votes out of 12,764 total. Job well done to all the candidates in the race.

“I am so grateful to be the designated candidate for Town Supervisor. I will work very hard to continue to earn your support.”

Edwards faced Democratic candidates Brian Muellers, a former Nassau legislator, and Darryl St. George, a teacher at Northport High School, in Thursday’s vote.

Muellers, in a statement emailed Saturday, said he is looking forward to a likely primary election, which would be held Sept. 12. In order to force a primary, Muellers or any other Democratic candidate must accrue 1,000 petition signatures, which can be collected starting June 6.

Muellers also called the caucus vote "merely symbolic."

"It's a process that heavily favors town hall's preferred candidate, so it was no surprise that Tracey Edwards won," he said. "I'm encouraged by the votes I did receive in spite of the lopsided process and even more encouraged by the residents I speak with every day who are ready for a fresh start with the experience to implement new ideas."

The committee also designated candidates in two other upcoming elections, town board and highway superintendent.

Huntington Board of Education Trustee Emily Rogan and incumbent Councilman Mark Cuthbertson got the committee’s nods for town board; and longtime construction company owner Kevin Orelli has been chosen as the candidate for highway superintendent.

Editor's note: This article was updated 1 p.m., May 27