WOODBURY - Suffolk Treasurer Angie Carpenter announced today that she wants to run for county executive.

The news comes just days after County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) announced that he won't be seeking a third term amid an investigation into his campaign fundraising.

Carpenter, 67, will be the first candidate to officially throw her hat in the ring tomorrow when she asks for the Republican nomination. Carpenter, who was elected to the Suffolk Legislature in 1993, says it's something she began considering about two years ago.

"I didn't feel that the direction the county was going in was the best to sustain us into the future," she says.

Other possible Republican candidates could include state Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, state Sen. John Flanagan and county Comptroller Joseph Sawicki.

Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone is considered the front-runner for the Democratic Party. Sources tell News 12 Long Island that Bellone will officially announce his run for county executive April 27.