Grechen Shirley wins 2nd congressional district primary
Liuba Grechen Shirley

File photo

Grechen Shirley wins 2nd congressional district primary


SUFFOLK COUNTY—Political newcomer Liuba Grechen Shirley has defeated fellow Democrat DuWayne Gregory, a Suffolk County legislator and presiding officer, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent in the 2nd congressional district primary. 

“I am here today – we are all here today – to ensure that everyone in the 2nd district and all across America has the opportunity to succeed,” Grechen Shirley said after her victory. “For too long, millionaires, corporations and special interests have had a stranglehold on politics in this country. Today, we say ‘enough.’ Today, we say ‘health care is a human right.’ Today, we say ‘we trust women to make the best choices about our bodies.’ Today, we say ‘love is love.’ Today, we demand common-sense gun reform, quality public education, clean water and clean air, fair housing and livable wages.” 

Grechen Shirley, an Amityville resident, will go up against longtime Republican incumbent Peter King (R-Seaford) in the general election in November.

King is currently serving his 13th term, having defeated Gregory (with 61.1 percent of the vote) in 2016. Grechen Shirley has previously noted that King has been in office since she was 12 years old. 

Grechen Shirley, a longtime Democratic activist, has made a career for herself working with nonprofit organizations around the world. Her campaign made national headlines when the Federal Election Commission approved her request to use campaign funds to cover child care expenses while she is out campaigning. She hopes this will encourage more working-class parents to run for public office. 

According to the Suffolk County Board of Elections, Grechen Shirley got 4,815 (51.43 percent) votes, while Gregory got 4,532 (48.41 percent) votes. If you include the 15 write-in votes, that adds up to 9,362 registered Democrats in Suffolk County that voted in the 2nd congressional district 

The 2nd congressional district spans Nassau and Suffolk counties, and locally includes Bay Shore, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Brightwaters, Central Islip, East Islip, Great River, Holbrook, Islip, Islip Terrace, Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Sayville and West Islip. 

According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, Grechen Shirley got 2,123 (82.45 percent) votes, while Gregory got 451 (17.51 percent) votes. If you include the one write-in vote, that adds up to 2,575 registered Democrats in Nassau County that voted. This publication reached out to  Nassau and Suffolk Board of Elections for the number of registered Democrats in their respective counties, but were told to fill out a Freedom of Information form in order to obtain that information. 

Other hamlets within the 2nd district include Amityville, Babylon, Cedar Beach, Copiague, Deer Park, Farmingdale, Gilgo, Islandia, Levittown, Lindenhurst, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, North Babylon, North Massapequa, Oak Beach, Ocean Beach, Seaford, West Babylon, Wheatley Heights, and Wyandanch, along with portions of Bethpage, Dix Hills, Hauppauge, Nesconset, Patchogue and Wantagh.