The Smithtown Democratic Committee is gearing up for a competitive election season and setting its sights on the town board.
"It is important that we reflect on the past, but it is necessary that we plan for the future of Smithtown — 2015 will be the year that we reshape our town's policy-making body," said committee chairman, Ed Maher, citing the town's recent 350th anniversary festivities. "Our screening committee will convene this spring and we are excited to hear what the potential candidates have in mind for the future of Smithtown."
Maher also said he will consider screening potential candidates from other parties if needed, and that the Democrats will put the strongest candidates on the ballot in November.
Maher said that several notable Democrats have approached him with interest in running for town board, including former town supervisor candidate Steve Snair and Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency board member, Tony Giordano.
"I cannot deny that one of my goals is to serve our community as an elected official," Snair said of his possible run. "The voters here in Smithtown have seen how little this all-Republican board has done for them and they will remember in November."
Giordano also confirmed that he is considering screening for the Democratic nomination for town board positions.
"It's something that I'm currently looking into," he said.