Bruce Blakeman celebrating Tuesday’s primary victory with his father, Robert Blakeman
Bruce Blakeman celebrating Tuesday’s primary victory with his father, Robert Blakeman
Bruce Blakeman celebrating Tuesday’s primary victory with his father, Robert Blakeman

Bruce Blakeman won big on Tuesday, handily beating his opponent in the Republican primary, Frank Scaturro, by a 2:1 ratio while earning another victory on the Conservative line, by a 2.5:1 ratio.

With all precincts reporting, the Nassau County Board of Elections unofficial results showed Blakeman winning the Republican line by 65.1% to 33.9%, earning more votes than Kathleen Rice, his official opponent in November, did on the Democratic line. Rice earned 6,874 votes, just 55.9%, while Blakeman had garnered over 1,500 votes more than that by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Rather than credit himself for the tremendous victory, Blakeman focused on uniting Republicans, Conservatives, independents, and disaffected Democrats in order to fix a Washington that “continues to fail every homeowner, every middle-class family, every senior, and every younger person looking for a better and brighter future.”

“Republicans and Conservatives have spoken tonight. I’m honored by not only their faith but also their confidence in me. I’m humbled how neighbors turned out in a higher number and provided me with a greater margin of victory than my Democrat opponent. I’m excited to have earned their support and will continue fighting to change Washington. Together we can create the land of opportunity for all our neighbors,” Blakeman said.

“It is amazing to me how many Democrats wished they could have voted in the Republican primary. Moderate Democrats are fed up with the ultra-liberal policies of the Democrat Party and are looking to my campaign as an alternative so that their voices can be heard in Washington,” Blakeman said. “But now is the time to unite . . . . I congratulate my primary opponent on a hard-fought race and again stepping into the arena to offer solutions on how to fix our nation. I’m looking forward to Frank Scaturro’s support so we can work together and beat Kathleen Rice in November.”

“The support from our middle-class families and seniors has been humbling. I can’t thank our neighbors enough. Our campaign going into the next few months will be about the future of our community. We’re talking about ideas and smart policies. We can no longer blindly go down President Obama’s path leading us nowhere. We must create jobs, and I will. I’ll restore our economy and stop the mortgaging of our future,” Blakeman added. “My father, a World War II veteran who later served our community, is here with me tonight. His service and strength, coupled with his fellow veterans’ and current active duty military sacrifice, inspire me to fix our nation’s broken VA system.”

Blakeman campaign spokesman Matt Coleman also summed up Blakeman’s overwhelming victory. “Bruce Blakeman’s message truly resonated with our neighbors; last night’s results prove that . . . . Bruce is the only candidate with three lines on the ballot in November,” Coleman said, referencing Blakeman’s ballot placement on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines. Kathleen Rice will appear twice on the ballot, on the Democratic and Working Families lines.

“Bruce’s campaign to change Washington by pushing back against the Obama agenda while promoting opportunity, economic growth, and the repeal of Obamacare will continue to earn the support of Nassau’s middle-class families and seniors,” said Coleman, who also noted that Kathleen Rice accepted the support of the far-left Working Families Party.

Rice’s acceptance of Working Families line is “just more proof that Kathleen Rice is running for Congress with the far-left Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda,” Coleman said. v

How Far Would You Go

For A Friend?

Parents of children with special needs can often feel like they’re running on empty. Aside from the added responsibilities of raising children who may not function in expected ways, they find themselves ambassadors for their children, explaining to the world why their children have specific needs or behaviors.

The founders of the Friendship Circle intuitively understood that more than all the legal accommodations, special-education programs, and therapists, what these children really need are friends. People to “hang with,” play dates to look forward to, teens to engage them in a non-clinical way and never judge them. The circle goes around to benefit the teens as well, who, unlike others their age who may care more about sales at the mall, apps on their smartphones, or movies at the theater, learn how the greatest joy comes from sharing memories with friends and giving back to the community.

With this in mind, hundreds are flocking to San Francisco to raise money for Friendship Circle in the July 27 marathon. Representing the Five Towns branch are Chaim and Tovah Brill. The Cedarhurst residents are no strangers to helping people both in their professional lives and as volunteers in the community. Chaim is a well-respected therapist and Tovah a pharmacist at Mercy Medical Center. They dedicated the bikur cholim suite at Mercy so family members stuck at the hospital can always have access to kosher food and sefarim.

Though these empty-nesters run on a regular basis, running a 5K is a bit of a stretch. But just as the circle of friendship and kindness goes around, they are choosing to run around the city of San Francisco to help this unique organization that benefits so many.

Help Team Brill reach their goal. Visit Your donation will help our local Friendship Circle chapter, and you will have a chance to be a part of improving the lives of those with special needs and those who love them.

The Friendship Circle is run by the Jean Fischman Chabad Center of the Five Towns. For more information, visit v


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