Few people make a stronger case for the role of the citizen legislator than Leslie A. Kennedy. A former nurse, she learned about constituent service as an aide to former presiding officer Donald Blydenburgh and to her husband, John Kennedy, whose seat she won in a special election in March after he became county comptroller.

Serving residents is her calling card. Kennedy, 59, of Nesconset, knows intimately their concerns, whether it's crime, drugs, jobs, environment, or quality of life. She also rails about county spending and says Suffolk should hire more auditors for the comptroller's office to ferret out tax scofflaws and increase revenue.

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Her desire that Suffolk stay as rural as possible is heartfelt but misguided, and informs her skepticism about simultaneously building megaprojects like Wyandanch Rising and the Ronkonkoma Hub.

Her opponent, Democrat Adam S. Halpern, 56, a county attorney from Hauppauge, says he is not actively campaigning.

Newsday endorses Kennedy.