A look at the battle for McCarthy’s seat
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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)
Lives in: Garden City
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)
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