Rob Calarco, D-Patchogue, officially announced his candidacy for the Suffolk County Legislature’s 7th District.
“I’m letting everyone know that I am fully intending to run for the 7th legislative seat," Calarco said in an interview with Patch. "I’m going to put forth my full effort and feel I still have a lot to give to the community."
Calarco originally announced his intention to run for the seat on the county legislature when incumbent legislator Jack Eddington, D-Patchogue, . Calarco has worked as Eddington’s chief-of-staff since 2006, Eddington's first year on the legislature.
In the fall of 2010, Calarco unsuccessfully Dean Murray, R-Patchogue, for the 3rd district state assembly seat.
Calarco is currently the only known candidate from the Democratic party making a bid for the seat. He said he anticipates receiving the Democratic endorsement when the party's nominating convention meets on May 18.
The Suffolk County Republican party has yet to officially announced a candidate, but David Perry and John Giannott are among those being considered for the nomination, a Republican party official said.
An official candidate is expected to be announced at the GOP's convention on May 24.