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Michaelle Solages and Sean Wright are the two candidates for the new 22nd Assembly District.
Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, there is a new state Assembly district in western Nassau County. The 22nd District spans from Bellerose to North Woodmere and includes all or parts of Elmont, Franklin Square and Valley Stream.
Sean Wright, an attorney with the Town of Hempstead, is the Republican party’s nominee for the seat although he is a registered Independent. He will be running against Michaelle Solages, who won a three-way primary for the Democratic nod. Solages is a lifelong Elmont resident while Wright resides in North Valley Stream. Both candidates are running for political office for the first time.
Herald: What are the issues that are unique to the Assembly District?
Solages: As a lifelong resident of the 22nd Assembly District, I am very familiar with all of the communities that make up the district. There are a variety of issues that are unique to the district. For example, since it is close to John F. Kennedy Airport, airplane noise is an issue. Secondly, our district contains a variety of beautiful local and state parks like Valley Stream State Park. Therefore, as responsible citizens we must consider the preservation and environmental issues that exist. Finally, the district is home to Belmont Park. As a result, the future of Belmont Park is an issue that is unique to the district.
Wright: The issues that are unique to the 22nd Assembly District are the need for good paying jobs, a strong economic development policy and the safety of our residents.
Herald: What would be your objectives if elected?
Solages: I would work to provide the best possible education for our children without shifting the tax burden to the homeowners. Secondly, I would work to ensure that students with disabilities achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to live independently. Finally, I would focus on small business growth to increase economic development and create jobs.