Laura Curran is always advocating for her district, from redeveloping Grand Avenue in Baldwin to improving the Milburn Creek Boat Basin. And she helped to create a land bank to acquire, renovate and sell zombie homes.

Curran, a Democrat, is finishing her first term. She's candid, calling video lottery terminals a "non-starter" and saying school cameras were a wasted opportunity. The Baldwin resident pays attention to illegal housing concerns and supports mixed-use development.

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Challenger Michael Vista of Merrick is a lawyer and former Brooklyn prosecutor who was originally a Democrat but switched parties for ideological reasons. Being in the GOP majority, he said, can help him improve the county's finances and speak up on ethical lapses. But Vista, 43, focuses on home ownership and "suburban identity," and that seems out of touch.

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Curran, 47, likes to "quietly" get things done. She should become more vocal. Newsday endorses Curran.