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Primary field dwindles in race for Laura Curran seat

Laura Curran, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive,

Laura Curran, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, is seen on April 25, 2017, in Baldwin. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Democratic primary in Nassau County for the 5th Legislative District seat being vacated by Laura Curran has been whittled down to two candidates — while a court challenge could eliminate the primary altogether.

Freeport trustee Debra Mulé, who has the backing of the Nassau Democratic Party, was one of two candidates to submit at least 500 valid signatures needed to get on the ballot. Reginald Nicolas of Baldwin submitted 802 signatures and 581 were determined to be valid, according to the county’s Board of Elections.

Democratic Party officials have gone to court, arguing that 135 of Nicolas’ signatures were from residents who do not reside in the district. The case is expected to be decided Monday.

Nicholas said the “people of our district should be the ones deciding who they want to send to the general election.”

Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said Mulé is the “best person to continue the solid community-focused work of Laura Curran in District 5.”

Robert Brodsky

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