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Kevan Abrahams
Goals: Raising the federal minimal wage, rebuilding infrastructure, enacting immigration reform, tackling income inequality and the gender wage gap, winning federal funding for the district, requiring universal background checks for gun purchases, limiting ammunition sales, reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban, defending abortion rights, mandating paid family leave for workers and “reimagining [Long Island] for future generations.”

Kathleen Rice (D)

Age: 49

Lives in: Garden City

Family: Unmarried.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; law degree, Touro Law School.

Career: Nassau County district attorney. Formerly: Assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, assistant district attorney in Brooklyn.

Political experience: Rice became Nassau County’s first female district attorney in 2005, winning election against Denis Dillon, a 31-year incumbent. She was re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Rice lost a campaign for state attorney general in 2010.

Goals: Mandating universal background checks for gun purchases; reinstating the Assault Weapons Ban; closing the gun-show loophole; preserving the Affordable Care Act; protecting Social Security and Medicare; supporting veterans with better healthcare, education and job opportunities; raising the federal minimum wage; defending abortion rights and increasing reproductive healthcare access; ending the gender wage gap; and making college more affordable.

Bruce Blakeman (R)

Age: 58

Lives in: Long Beach

Family: Unmarried; son, Arlen. Ex-wife, Nancy Shevell, is married to Paul McCartney.

Education: Associate’s degree, College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif; bachelor’s degree, Arizona State University; law degree, California Western School of Law; advanced certificate in homeland security management, Long Island University


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This article has presented a fairly comprehensive picture of the upcoming primaries candidates but has failed in one very important area. Kevan Abrahams who is running against Kathleen Rice for the Democratic spot has repeatedly sought to debate the Nassau DA. She has refused every request. As a result, she has lost the support of many potential backers. Kevan has gained those backers and has the support of many others. Clearly someone who refuses to face their opponent has something to hide, shows a lack of respect for the democratic process and deprives the public of the opportunity to get to know their candidates better. Before anyone goes to the polls on June 24th to cast their vote, think very hard about this. Kevan has nothing to hide. He is an honorable, dedicated man who has already served the residents of Nassau County well. Kathleen Rice may have an impressive platform. But actions speak louder than words. Her actions or repeated lack of action to debate Kevan casts a shadow of doubt upon her viability. This is a crucial point that the Herald candidates profile has not addressed in any detail other than to say, "Rice declined an invitation to debate Abrahams before the primary."

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