Elections are about you. Take them seriously.

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How long have we heard candidates say such things?

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County is holding public forums for candidates running for county executive, county comptroller, county legislator, Town of Hempstead supervisor, town clerk and town council. We urge you to fill the auditoriums at those forums (see schedule below). Ask questions, and see who speaks specifically and who spouts claptrap. Who spends his or her time criticizing the other candidate, and who reveals plans and intended actions?

Note which candidates don’t bother to show up at these forums. What does that tell you?

On your vote hinges the progress of the county and the town.

The Herald will cover the elections every week, starting with next week's issue (see schedule below). Please let us know what questions you’d like us to ask the candidates on your behalf. Email the executive editor at joconnell@liherald.com.

Herald calendar of election coverage

Sept. 26-Oct. 2
• Election preview

Oct. 3-9
• County clerk
• Town clerk

Oct. 10-16
• County comptroller
• Legislative Districts 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 19

Oct. 17-23
• District attorney
• Legislative Districts 2, 3, 5, 17
• Town Council Districts 1, 4, 6

Oct. 24-30
• County executive
• Town supervisor
• County Legislature and Town Council endorsements

Oct. 31-Nov. 6
• Election round-up
• Town-wide and county-wide endorsements
• Sample ballots
• Judge profiles

Candidate forums hosted by the League of Women Voters
of Nassau County and local leagues

County Executive Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Hofstra University, Helene Fortunoff Theater at the Monroe Lecture Center (parking behind the building), California Avenue South Campus, Hempstead.

County Comptroller Forum
Thursday Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Molloy College-Madison Theater, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre.

Candidates for county legislator in Districts 12, 14, 16, 17
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 990 Old Country Road, Plainview.
• District 12: *Michael Venditto (R) vs. Gregg Roth (D)
• District 14: Laura M. Schaefer (R), no Democrat
• District 16: Louis Imbroto (R) vs. *Judith A. Jacobs (D)
• District 17: *Rose Marie Walker (R) vs. Frederick W. Hagemann III (D)

Candidates for county legislator in Districts 5, 13, 15, 19
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Ave., Merrick.
• District 5: Debra Pugliese (R) vs. Laura Curran (D)
• District 13: *Norma L. Gonsalves (R) vs. Edward J. Kraus (D)
• District 15: *Dennis Dunne Sr. (R) vs. Jonathan Clarke (D)
• District 19: Steven D. Rhoads vs. *David W. Denenberg (D)

Candidates for Long Beach City Council and City Court judge
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Long Beach Public Library auditorium, 111 West Park Ave., Long Beach. 

Candidates for county legislator in Districts 3, 4, 6, and 7
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Hewlett Woodmere Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett.
• District 3: Naomie Jean-Philippe (R) vs. *Carrie Solages (D)
• District 4: *Denise Ford (D), no Republican
• District 6: *Francis X Becker (R) vs. Adam Shapiro (D)
• District 7: *Howard Kopel (R) vs. Lisa Daniels (D)

Candidates for Town of Hempstead supervisor, council and clerk
Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Hewlett Woodmere Library.
Supervisor: *Kate Murray (R) vs. Felix Procacci (D)
• Town Council District 1: Elton McCabe (R) vs. *Dorothy Goosby (D)
• Town Council District 4: *Anthony Santino (R) vs. Patrick Gillespie (D)
• Town Council District 6: *Gary Hudes (R) vs. Diane Madden (D)
• Town Clerk: *Nasrin Ahmand (R) vs. Jasmine Garcia-Vieux (D)

* = incumbent

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