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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Thursday filed her petitions to qualify for the June Democratic primary ballot in the 4th Congressional District.

Rice, who is seeking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), submitted 5,711 signatures to the county Board of Elections for the Democratic line, and 118 signatures to appear as the Working Families Party candidate.

At least 1,250 valid signatures are required to qualify for a major party primary ballot line. Earlier this week, Rice’s likely opponent in the 4th District Democratic primary, County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, of Freeport, turned in 3,559 signatures.

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The race between Rice and Abrahams, both prominent elected officials in the Nassau County Democratic Party, has caused the county’s party chairman, Jay Jacobs, to stay neutral. But Rice has the support of many national Democrats, including McCarthy and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

On the Republican side, former Nassau Legislative Presiding Officer Bruce Blakeman has the local party's support, and will likely face a challenge from attorney Frank Scaturro. Neither campaign has released their petition totals.