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Kennedy: Republicans Will Make Right Smithtown Town Supervisor Choice

The Suffolk County Legislator says he is not backing a particular candidate.

Suffolk Legis. John Kennedy Jr. said he would consider running for Smithtown's Town Supervisor seat if Patrick Vecchio was not a candidate, and with another friend in Town Councilman Robert Creighton now running, he is not taking any sides. 

RELATED: Republicans Clear Way for Vecchio's Run at 13th Term

"The registered Republicans of the Town of Smithtown will make a choice who they want to ultimately be the candidate for Town Supervisor and I will respect whatever their choice is," Kennedy said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Creighton, a Republican from Kings Park, announced his Town Supervisor candidacy Wednesday morning and will formally announce his candidacy to his constituents at the the Smithtown Elks Lodge on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

RELATED: Creighton to Run for Smithtown Town Supervisor

Creighton's decision to run for the seat came as somewhat of a surprise to Kennedy, R-Nesconset, but he is not completely shocked. Kennedy said he did not speak with Creighton about his candidacy before the Wednesday announcement, but with Creighton changing his registration from a Conservative to Republican in the fall of last year, there was some speculation concerning the upcoming election.

While previously unaware of Creighton's candidacy, he believes the councilman's intentions for running are positive.

"I believe that people seek the positions by and large for good reasons, public service is not something that most anybody ever gets wealthy off of or lives a cushy life," he said. "What prompted Councilman Creighton to make this decision I could only believe is his belief that he might be able to lead the town in a different direction that he believes Supervisor Vecchio is taking the town."

Since he is not running for the Smithtown Town Supervisor seat Kennedy will seek re-election as the Suffolk County Legislator for the 12th District in November. If re-elected it would be his fifth term in the position.

knee jerk February 23, 2013 at 02:08 PM
No Heart Nesconset: I said the guy in the background. The fat guy in the hat is in the foreground.
Nesconset Dude February 23, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I was joking, hence the wink and the end of my comment, but you might be right: the guy in the hat isn't one of the same good ol' boys already in town hall. I'd throw a vote out there just to have someone different.
We Heart Long Island February 23, 2013 at 06:57 PM
We Heart Nesconset = Simpleton
Marty February 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Let the Senior Follies begin !!! Brought to you by Medicare Moments
Stevo February 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Maybe there is a candidate out there who can walk without the use of a cane!

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