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Should Someone Run Against Flanagan?

Flanagan is the only candidate actively campaigning, but does that bother you, or is it a better idea to wait until the next time around?

Errol Toulon, previously tapped to face off against state Sen. John Flanagan, R-East Northport, has dropped out of the race, according to a report by the Times Beacon Record.

Toulon, who lost a bid in 2009 to John M. Kennedy Jr. to represent Suffolk County's 12 Lesiglative District, was reportedly appointed to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's administration, overseeing the creation of a Traffic Violations Bureau.

Editor's Note: We regret the error, but we overlooked the simple fact that it's too late for a Democrat to be placed on the ballot opposite Flanagan. Of course a write-in campaign is still possible, however Toulon will still be on the Election Day ballot according to a Flanagan aide, and no other Democrat can replace him. Flanagan is still actively campaigning at area festivals and events, most recently at Flowerfield in St. James.

But the vacancy in the race against Flanagan – who is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties – raises an interesting question: should someone step up to run against the incumbent? Often times we hear complaints about the drawbacks of a political system in America that is largely dominated by two parties. So what to make of a race that includes no opponent?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and to read the Times Beacon Record story, please click here.

HeyJoe October 05, 2012 at 05:44 PM
absolutely. one party rule leads to corruption and arrogance in government. Besides Flanagan should be challenged because he has fallen asleep at the wheel, is concerned only with state wide politics now rather than advocating for local issues.
George October 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Flanagan seems to be a decent man but he is more concerned about keeping his position than working to get rid of the entrenched corruption in the state legislature. We need candidates that do not care about getting reelected but instead will work to bring honest government to all New Yorkers. Good Luck!
Sandy Kreis October 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'd like to throw my hat into the ring. Anyone on the ground willing to help me mobilize? The Kreis is Right 2012.
George October 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Do you NEED this job? What if you need to "play ball" to get reelected? Solicit some donations from your close friends and supporters and send out a mailing to tell us about you. Maybe I would support you too. Are you behind curtain number 1, 2 or 3?
John Gruber October 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
no, he should keep running unopposed, because you know what they say, "competition is bad".......
Teacher October 07, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I think it stinks! Flanagan was the one local politician that I wanted to help campaign against. He's been doing Mayor Bloomberg's bidding up in Albany, trying to remove seniority protection ONLY for New York City Teachers. In my opinion he's been "bought" by Bloomberg. It's disgraceful that we don't have a choice in this election.
John T October 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I would like to know how he came about getting this job. If someone wants a job in Suffolk County just run against Flanagan and bingo you have a County job. Inqueiry??

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