South Huntington school board trustee Chad Lupinacci defeated Joe Dujmic in the 10th Assembly District election Tuesday.
Lupinacci will succeed the late James Conte, who served the district from 1988 until this spring when he announced he wouldn't run again because of ill health. He died Oct. 16.
Asked about whether he would resign from the South Huntington school board before taking office, he said, "We probably will be getting an opinion from Albany as far as what the procedure's going to be and how we're going to handle it. I think that a resignation will be coming. When? I don't know."
Lupinacci is a 1997 graduate of Whitman High School. The Republican is a full-time professor at Farmingdale State College and an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s College and Hofstra University, where he received his B.A. in 2001, his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law, and his M.B.A. from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
He also ran on the Conservative, Working Families and Independence lines.
Dujmic said, "I congratulate the assemblyman-elect. It was a very clean race. I'm extremely proud of my campaign staff who worked tirelessly. One of the things I've learned is that you don't have to be an elected representative to represent my community. I plan to continue to work and continue to rebuild the middle class in Huntington and Huntington Station."
Dujmic worked in the Suffolk County Executive's Office and as an assistant county attorney. The Democrat is now a small-business owner and litigator in Huntington.
The 10th Assembly District includes Cold Spring Harbor, Dix Hills, Greenlawn, Huntington, Huntington Station, Lloyd Harbor, Melville, South Huntington and West Hills in Huntington and part of Farmingdale in Babylon.
With three districts untotaled:Candidate Vote Percent Chad Lupinacci 24231 55.57 Joe Dujmic 19358 44.39