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It’s looking like a crowded field of Democrats will vie in a primary for a newly created Assembly district in western Nassau County. Hopefuls filed petitions to get on the Sept. 13 ballot, according to the county Board of Elections:
- Patrick Emeagwali, a college professor and Elmont school board member.
- Patricia Maher, president of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association and a former county legislature candidate.
- Michaelle Solages, a paralegal, librarian assistant at Hofstra University and the official party designee. She is the sister of Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages.
- Cristobal Stewart, a Valley Stream school board member and higher education officer at LaGaurdia Community College.
- Milagros Vicente, who's been active in protests to save the Fifth Police Precinct in Nassau.
Monique Hardial-Swaby, an attorney and Elmont library trustee, also had filed to run. But she's been knocked off the ballot because of "fatal flaws" in her petitions, said William T. Biamonte, election commissioner. Other petition challenges against other candidates are pending, he added.
Sean Wright, a North Valley Stream resident who is a Hempstead town attorney, is the lone Republican candidate.
The new district was created earlier this year in the decennial redistricting process. Long Island gained an additional Assembly seat, giving it 22, at the expense of upstate New York. The district borders Queens and covers Bellerose, Elmont, Valley Stream and North Woodmere, among other areas.