Deputy Presiding Officer Kevan Abrahams, a Hempstead Democrat seeking his fourth term as county legislator for Nassau's 1st District, would seem to be a sure favorite against a relatively unknown politician, Elton McCabe, a Uniondale Republican.
But wait. McCabe, a four-year Hempstead Town highway inspector, runs with a political crowd. His wife, Darlene Harris, is a lawyer and was an original member of the 14-year-old legislature and held the same 1st District seat. His father-in-law is community activist Bishop Robert Harris of Grace Cathedral in Uniondale. McCabe's father, with the same name, is a South Floral Park village trustee.
Still, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 25,810 to 7,353 in the district.
Abrahams, a planning analyst with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, though, said he is running on his record.
"I've worked hard to make sure that the A. Holly Patterson Nursing Home stays in Uniondale with its jobs and economic boost for the community, and to minimize the impact of cuts in health and human service areas, especially youth programs," said Abrahams, 35. He also has the Independence and Working Families lines on the ballot.
A Queens College graduate, he is married with one child.
High on his to-do list in the next term, he said, is stabilizing property taxes and working to help bring new businesses to the county along with job training programs. "Unemployment is well into the double digits in minority areas," he said.
McCabe, 42, who is also on the Conservative line, said he is running "to see if I can make a difference."
He is running on a shoestring, though. "Money is a little tight; I don't have much. I'm spending mostly my own money."
A member of the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, McCabe said, "Some things are neglected and overlooked in our community. We have a diverse and decent population, with all of the normal concerns, such as housing and property taxes."
McCabe has taken up the party mantra to repeal the 2.5 percent Nassau County home energy sales tax that went into effect June 1. "It is basically a 4.5 percent increase in property taxes," he said, based on a report that looked at expected revenue.
He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before joining the Army for four years and serving in the Gulf War, then doing eight years with the active reserves.
"I'm hoping to put back some honesty into politics and make a difference in people's lives and in the community," he said. "Right now it's all about your pocket, and people need a break."