The Republican was joined by dozens of supporters, including Rep. Peter King, as he announced his candidacy Thursday in Valley Stream.
Blakeman explained why he’s running for office.
“It’s easier for people to get on food stamps and welfare than it is to get a good job and that’s all people want. That’s what I want to concentrate on. I want to work with Peter on solving these problems,” he said. “This administration, the Obama administration, the Democrats in Congress have not paid attention to what’s important to the people. They have not paid attention to the economy. They have not concentrated on creating jobs. They’ve instituted a health care plan that is a failure.”
Blakeman, who is a business consultant, also served on the Hempstead Town Board and the board of the Port Authority.