Blakeman said the town needs to maintain its fiscal integrity amid a downturn economy. He said the town will analyze where to prioritize spending while maintaining a tax freeze. He plans to focus on economic development to keep young professionals and jobs in the town. He said the town can enhance business districts by expanding transportation hubs and creating mixed-use developments.
Blakeman, 60, of Atlantic Beach, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He also is endorsed by the Tax Revolt party. Blakeman was appointed councilman in January to replace Councilman James Darcy, who was appointed a Nassau County judge. He is an attorney and graduate of California Western Law School. He served as Hempstead Town councilman from 1993 to 1995 and as presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature from 1996 through 1999. He was a commissioner of the Port Authority from 2001 to 2009 and unsuccessfully ran for New York's 4th Congressional District in 2014. He is married and has twin stepchildren, as well as a son from a previous marriage.