MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Challenger Amy Sayegh handily defeated incumbent Dini LoBue in the Republican primary race for County Legislature’s 8th District seat (Mahopac/Mahopac Falls) on Tuesday (Sept. 12).

With no Democratic challenger in the November general election, Sayegh, who also has the endorsements of the Independent, Conservative and Reform parties, now has a clear path to the seat.

In the GOP primary, Sayegh garnered 57 percent of the vote, defeating LoBue 364-271. In the Conservative Party primary, Sayegh won 20-12.

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Tuesday’s night election was a rematch of the 2014 primary when LoBue, who has been a county legislator since 2009, defeated Sayegh. However, this time Sayegh received the party’s nomination at its caucus earlier this summer and LoBue was compelled to petition for signatures to get on the ballot and force the primary.

Sayegh said that this time around she ran a more focused campaign.

“This time I was more direct,” she said. “There was no focus on the candidate; it was all about the voters—District 8 and its wants and needs.”

She said she wasn’t surprised by the outcome.

“I worked so hard and put everything I had into it,” Sayegh said. “I kept it positive and talked to a lot of people. I was very happy with the outcome. I am in tune with what is going here and will be the voice of District 8.”

She gave credit to her husband and three children, who, she said, were instrumental in her campaign’s path to victory.

“We won this as a family and for all the families in the district,” she said.

Sayegh will officially take office in January, which gives her three and a half months to prepare.

“Actually, I am prepared to go today,” she said. “I have my agenda and things I want to accomplish but I am going to take it day by day.”

Sayegh is president and founder of Putnam Community Cares Inc., an organization she built from the ground up, acquiring 501(c)3 status as a public charity in New York State. She is also vice chair of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce and a charter member of the Mahopac Lions Club. She serves on the Putnam County Republican Women’s Committee, Professional Women of Putnam, and Women’s Auxiliary American Legion Post 1080 and is a lifetime NRA member.