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Monique Hardial to make Democratic primary bid against Carrié Solages

Democrat Monique Hardial announces her candidacy for Nassau

Democrat Monique Hardial announces her candidacy for Nassau County's 3rd Legislative District on Tuesday. Credit: Monique Hardial campaign

Democrat Monique Hardial, a lawyer from Elmont who also serves on the Elmont Library board, said she would mount a primary challenge to Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages.

Solages, also an Elmont Democrat, has represented the district since 2012.

Solages recently rejoined the Democrats' caucus after being stripped of legislative committee assignments and expelled from meetings following his arrest in June 2017 on domestic violence-related charges. The case was resolved in September, when he admitted to reduced charges of disorderly conduct.

Hardial, 37, works for a securities litigation firm in Manhattan, and also has a private practice focusing on real estate, family law and business. She has created Women Leap, a community grassroots organization to support and encourage women running for office.

In a news release, Hardial's campaign said she was "dismayed by the revelations of Legislator Carrié Solages’ most recent arrest ... Monique Hardial strongly believes that we cannot stand in silence in the face of assault and abuses perpetrated on women any longer, and that our community deserves representation that is built on the pillars of compassion, professionalism, and integrity."

Solages said in a statement, "I'm confident that I've delivered for my communities and that my constituents will continue to show me the strong support that they have given me since I was first elected."

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