Angel Cepeda, 54, of Plainview, is something of a newcomer to county politics. He served on the Plainview-Old Bethpage school board for six years, and used his background in international banking and accounting to help the district cut costs. He was an early advocate for the state property tax cap and now owns a firm advising American Indian communities about financial controls and technology, in particular around casino operations. Cepeda, a Republican, says Nassau County needs people with fiscal acumen.

Democrat Judith A. Jacobs, 76, of Woodbury, has served on the county legislature since it was formed in 1996. She helped rescue Nassau from its previous financial distress in 1999 by lobbying Albany to form the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. She brings a wealth of experience and common sense to the legislature and has the right instincts to drive short-term and long-term economic growth for Nassau.

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Cepeda is a welcome addition to the political process and should consider seeking office at the town level first.

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Newsday endorses Jacobs.