Bonner said she has supported important land-use initiatives such as the town’s Route 25 corridor study, new zoning that supports downtowns, policies that prevent commercial sprawl, and overlay districts to preserve golf courses. She supported another overlay district for a sod farm to allow development of a solar array at the site. She said she opposes development of a solar farm on 800 wooded acres in Shoreham owned by National Grid. Bonner said she wants to keep her North Shore district “as rural as possible.” She said she also has helped to crack down on abandoned, “zombie” homes, preserve properties, create ethics reforms, and implement an anti-nepotism law. She said she supported fiscally conservative budgeting practices that have resulted in the town’s AAA bond rating. She also supports environmental preservation. “People are always surprised by my environmental stances because I’m a Conservative,” Bonner said. “The root word of ‘conservative’ is ‘conserve.’ ” She said Brookhaven is the only Long Island town where board meetings always are held at night, and all meetings are live-streamed on the town website or can be viewed on a public-access cable channel. “I would say that in my time in office, we’ve become more open and transparent and we’re doing more every day,” Bonner said.
Bonner, 53, of Rocky Point, is running on the Conservative, Republican, Independence and Reform party lines. Bonner graduated from Northport High School. She received a secretarial degree in business from the former Katharine Gibbs School. She was elected to the town council in 2007 and is running for her sixth term. Before being elected, she spent four years as a legislative aide to then-county Legis. Dan Losquadro, now the Brookhaven Town highway superintendent. Bonner is past president of the Rocky Point Civic Association. She is married, with two children.