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A Hempstead schools advocate said Wednesday that she would seek Conservative Party support for a 4th Congressional District bid.

Caprice Rines, 46, a retired insurance claims adjuster, said she’s joining the already crowded field looking to succeed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy because she hasn't seen a candidate who can relate to all segments of the diverse Nassau district. 

"We have everyone from the rich to the extremely poor here, so we can't just be concerned with one group," said Rines. "I'll be able to talk to the rich and the poor."

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Rines is a registered Conservative Party member, but her party leaders are backing Long Beach Republican Bruce Blakeman, a former Nassau legislature presiding officer. Another Republican, New Hyde Park attorney Frank Scaturro, is also seeking to get on the Conservative line, after winning the party's 2012 4th district primary via write-in votes. 

The Democratic candidates to succeed McCarthy (D-Mineola) are Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams.

Rines, who is married with three children, cited her work as an advocate for special needs children, and said she would focus on getting more federal funding for workforce housing projects. She said she has been involved in the county PTA and is treasurer of Hempstead schools’ Special Education PTA. 

The Uniondale native acknowledged that she faces an uphill climb as a minor party candidate without party support or access to national or local fundraising organizations. But she said she will soon start distributing petitions to appear on the Conservative primary ballot.

“I look at myself as David,” Rines said, “and as people know, David slayed Goliath.”