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Abrahams gains endorsements from two legislative colleagues

Nassau Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) on Friday, Jan

Nassau Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) on Friday, Jan 31, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Kevan Abrahams’ congressional campaign on Thursday announced its first endorsements from fellow elected officials – and in this case, they’re also fellow Nassau County legislators.

Abrahams, leader of the legislature’s eight-member minority, said that Democratic legislators Judy Jacobs and Carrié Solages will back his primary bid to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) in the 4th District.

Jacobs, of Woodbury, is a former presiding officer who has been on the legislature since its inception in 1995, while Solages, of Elmont, began his second two-year term earlier this year.

“They have worked tirelessly over the years for the betterment of the community and the working class.  These are values I plan to bring with me to Congress if I am elected to represent the 4th Congressional District,” Abrahams said in a statement. “Based on the recent election, it is clear that both Carrié and Judy have the respect of our community and I am proud to have their support for my campaign.”

Jacobs and Solages, who were in a legislative hearing Thursday afternoon, did not provide their own statements as part of the endorsement. The other five Democratic lawmakers have not publicized who they are backing in the party’s primary for the 4th district.

Abrahams, of Freeport, will face Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who has the backing of McCarthy and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and several large labor unions.

Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs has said he will not make an endorsement in the primary race.

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