MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After losing the endorsement of the Republican Party during its caucus last month, Councilwoman Suzi McDonough said she still plans to gather enough signatures on a petition to force a primary election on Sept. 12.

McDonough and Councilman Frank Lombardi are both up for re-election but were challenged by Anthony DiCarlo, a former councilman and county legislator, and newcomer Mike Barile for the GOP nomination. At last month’s caucus, Lombardi received 44 votes and Barile received 34, just edging out McDonough who garnered 32 votes. DiCarlo received 12 votes.

McDonough, who has served on the Town Board for eight years, can force a primary with Barile and Lombardi if she can gather signatures from 5 percent of registered Republicans by July 10.

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“I am determined to work hard toward a victorious Republican primary,” she said.

McDonough said it was disheartening that she didn’t receive the endorsement as she had in the past. 

“The vote count for the endorsement was very close,” she said. “It was tough to overcome the proxy and bullet votes.”

McDonough is a lifelong resident of Carmel and a former business owner. She oversees her nonprofit organization, The McDonough Foundation, which aids families struggling with cancer. She serves on the executive board of the Purple Heart Homes. She is also an executive board member of the Putnam County Republican Women’s Club.