MIDDLE ISLAND - Two candidates faced off tonight in a debate for the Town of Brookhaven’s Highway Department superintendent.

Nearly 70 people came to the Longwood Library in Middle Island to hear Brookhaven Councilwoman Kathy Walsh (D/I - Brookhaven) and Assemblyman Don Losquadro (R/C - Shoreham) discuss their views.

Walsh touted her experience on the council and her efforts during Hurricane Sandy. Losquadro highlighted his experience working with difficult budgets.

Both candidates agreed the blizzard earlier this month exposed the weaknesses of the highway department and that more money needs to be invested because of staff reductions and aging equipment.

Following the storm, acting Highway Department Superintendent Michael Murphy resigned. He had been out of town dealing with a family emergency when the storm hit.

The election for the superintendent position will be held March 5.