Assemblyman David McDonough, R-Merrick, fended off a challenge Tuesday from democratic opponent John Brooks of Seaford to win a sixth term in Albany.
McDonough garnered 65 percent of the vote in defeating Brooks 24,039 to 12,844.
Brooks, a lifelong Seaford resident and civic leader, issued a statement soon after midnight saying how proud he was of the campaign that was run.
"I think those who looked at our message understood that we were suggesting a better direction for our state than the path it has been on," said Brooks, an insurance industry executive with a with a focus on corporate and government risk management. "I am very proud of this campaign and the way it was run. Neither side entered into the kind of negative campaign we are seeing far too much of."
McDonough has won the right to continue representing the 19th Assembly District, which includes Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, and portions of Levittown, East Meadow, North Bellmore, North Merrick, Freeport and Baldwin.
"I want to thank everyone who supported me," said McDonough, who was first elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election held Feb. 12, 2002. "I look forward to working in my next term to lower property taxes and help get the state on the right fiscal track."
McDonough is the ranking minority member on the Assembly Transportation Committee and also serves on the Assembly Banks, Consumer Affairs, Education, Health and Veterans' Affairs Committees. The Merrick resident is also Chairman of the Minority Task Force on Sex Offender Watch, the Minority Task Force on Crimes in our Community, the Minority Task Force on Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse, and the Minority Task Force for Successful Schools. He is also a member of the Legislative Commission on Critical Transportation Choices.Candidates Votes % Precincts Reporting McDonough 24,039