A Navy veteran from Laurelton is the latest candidate to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in his reelection bid in the 14th Senate District.
Bernadette Semple has filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections that allows her to conduct fundraising.
Semple could not be reached by phone for comment. She is the third candidate to enter the race against Smith.
The embattled senator is facing trial this spring on federal corruption charges stemming from allegations that he tried to bribe his way onto last year’s Republican ballot for mayor.
Other candidates are Munir Avery, an attorney from Queens Village who works for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing); and Clyde Vanel of Cambria Heights, also a lawyer, who finished second last year in a City Council primary against Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St, Albans).
Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, formerly a popular three-term councilman, is thought to be favored by Queens County Democratic leaders. He has repeatedly declined comment.