Eight would-be candidates to screen with Riverhead Democrats


The Riverhead Town Democratic Committee released a list of people Thursday who will be screening with the party before its nominating convention in May.

Supervisor hopefuls include Anthony Coates, a former paid adviser to Republican Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter; Tim Hubbard, a recently retired Riverhead Town police detective; and Greg Fischer, a Calverton resident who runs each year for public office.

Additionally, the list indicates that Mr. Hubbard is also screening for council and that Mr. Fischer is also screening for council and assessor.

Mr. Hubbard will also be screening with the town Republicans for a council seat, as previously reported.

Others screening for council are Denise Lucas, founder of the Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter nonprofit group; Laura Jens-Smith, a Mattituck school board member; and Glenn Friedman, a South Jamesport resident and retired marketing executive from Clipper Magazine who indicated in 2013 he sought to screen with the Democrats.

Would-be town justice nominees include Riverhead school board member Lori Hulse and Riverhead attorney Jeanmarie Costello.

Ms. Hulse and Ms. Costello have also asked to screen with the Riverhead Republican Party for the town justice nod.

There are three seats up for grabs on the Town Board this election year: town supervisor and two council member positions.

Incumbent councilmen James Wooten and George Gabrielsen have said they’re running for re-election for another four years on the board in the part-time position.

Mr. Walter is being challenged by fellow Republican board member Jodi Giglio, who’s screening for supervisor with the Republicans.

Editor’s note: Nine people were originally listed as looking to screen but one later informed the Democrats he is not screening.

The story was amended to reflect this change.