And Then There Were Two; Muellers Ends Campaign Bid

Former Nassau Legislator Brian Muellers announced Friday that he has dropped out of the race for Huntington Supervisor. (Long Islander News photo/archives)

Former Nassau Legislator Brian Muellers announced Friday that he has dropped out of the race for Huntington Supervisor. (Long Islander News photo/archives)

By Peter Sloggatt
psloggatt@longislandergroup.com

The field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for Huntington Supervisor in November is down to two. Brian Muellers, a former Nassau legislator now living in South Huntington, announced Friday he is pulling the plug on his campaign.

“I regret to announce that I am ending my campaign for Huntington Town Supervisor,” Muellers said in a statement. “While I believe the town and its residents would benefit from my experience, ideas and leadership, the prospect of a primary that would be prohibitively expensive and likely divisive is not in the better interests of the Huntington community.”

Tracey Edwards and Darryl St. George

Tracey Edwards and Darryl St. George

Muellers had screened for the position and was one of three candidates who went before the full committee for a vote at the Democratic caucus May 25. The committee overwhelmingly voted to designate Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards as their candidate, but Muellers and Darryl St. George both vowed to pursue primary challenge.

St. George, a Northport High School history teacher and former Marine from Centerport, said he is “staying the course” and getting ready to begin gathering signatures on petitions to get on the Sept. 13 primary ballot.

 “Brian is a great guy and he made what had to be a difficult decision. I’ve been there and I know what that’s like,” St. George said Friday.

But, he added, “Our plans have not changed.”

Muellers ended his campaign with a phone call to Tracey Edwards, also a retired Verizon executive.

“Brian was very gracious. He offered his support and wants to help,” Edwards said.

Muellers said as much in his statement to the press, urging his supporters to “join me in working to elect Tracey Edwards and the full slate of Democratic candidates in 2017.”