Republicans Lupinacci, Mari Elected to Town Board; Raia, Guthman Re-Elected

Huntington residents elected two Republican women to the Town Board on Tuesday, according to unofficial tallies from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

Theresa Mari and Brooke Lupinacci defeated Democrats Don McKay and Jen Hebert, turning the board all-Republican. The two will succeed incumbents Joan Cergol, a Democrat, and Gene Cook, an independent, both of whom chose not to run for re-election.

With no districts remaining to be counted as of 1 a.m., Lupinacci had the most votes, followed by Mari, then Hebert and then McKay.

Tax Receiver Jillian Guthman was re-elected, defeating Republican challenger Pamela Velastegui, while Town Clerk Andrew Raia beat Democratic opponent Linda Davis-Valdez.

Both town councilwomen-elect  are lawyers but will come to the Town Board with different levels of government experience.

Lupinacci  is a former prosecutor and former assistant town attorney who has been the labor relations director for the town.

Mari ran for public office for the first time this year. She has  been an attorney for the past 34 years, first in business law and now mostly in family and real estate law at her own firm.

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