Democratic State Senate candidate Regina Calcaterra announced Wednesday that she is withdrawing from her race against Senator Ken LaValle, and has instead passed the torch to one of her staffers.
The announcement comes one day after the New Suffolk resident lost an appeal of a State Supreme Court decision that had her thrown off the ballot for not meeting residency requirements.
Ms. Calcaterra said she is instead asking county Democrats and Working Families officials to designate her petitions to colleague Jennifer Maertz, an attorney from Rocky Point. Ms. Maertz, who has worked on the Calcaterra campaign for the past year, had sought a spot on the Brookhaven Town Board in 2009, but failed to get the nomination from the town committee.
Ms. Calcaterra said in a statement Thursday that Ms. Maertz is the right person to earn the nomination.
“[She] has been at my side throughout this campaign meeting with voters and working with me to build solutions to our problems,” Ms. Calcaterra said. “Jennifer’s platform is in complete sync with mine, and I want to let my supporters know that she will not just run as hard a campaign as I have, but she will provide Senate District 1 with the strong leadership and fighting spirit it has, for decades, been lacking in the state Senate.”