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Spencer wins in Suffolk's 18th L.D.

Rick Brand

Democrat Dr. William Spencer has won the election to the Suffolk County Legislature’s 18th District over Republican Elizabeth Black by 267 votes after increasing his lead in absentee ballots.

Election officials say that final results have Spencer receiving 8,200 votes, or 50.82 percent, to Black’s 7,933, or 49.14 percent. Spencer increased his lead by 88 votes with the absentees. On election night, unofficial results showed Spencer ahead by 179 votes — 7,885 to 7,706 for Black.

Spencer called the election a “long, hard fought” battle and praised Black for running a “well organized campaign.” He will succeed Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor) who is term-limited and could not seek re-election.

“I feel the victory was decisive,” Spencer said. “But it also tells me we are living in a community that is divided politically, and I plan to be a legislator for the entire community.”

Elections officials were expected to begin recanvassing the two close Brookhaven legislative races and one town board race Thursday, followed by the close East End contests for Shelter Island and East Hampton supervisor and Southampton town board.