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Guariglia: I’m the best candidate to succeed Schimel

Nick Guariglia announced his candidacy for state Assembly in an email to supporters, just days after he formed a campaign committee.

“I think I am the best candidate for the 16th Assembly District because I know my fellow residents and will work hard to protect all of our interests,” Guariglia wrote.

He became the second Democrat to announce a run to succeed Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Port Washington), who won’t run for re-election this fall after serving 10 years in office. Andrew DeMartin, the former North Hempstead public safety commissioner, declared his candidacy last month.

The district, located in the northwestern corner of the county, has 36,931 enrolled Democrats and 25,585 Republicans, and has been long held by Democrats.

Guariglia, a Port Washington resident, is currently serving as deputy chief of staff to North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. He previously worked in the same capacity for Democrats in the Nassau County Legislature.

“I have devoted much of my career to working to get progressive Democrats elected and helping them to succeed,” Guariglia wrote. “I believe that government can help people because I have seen it happen. As deputy chief of staff for the Nassau County Legislature and now for North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, I have been a part of making it happen.”

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