Dennis Dunne, a charter member of the legislature, is running for this ninth term on a strong record of constituent service in this solidly Republican district.
The 61-year-old Republican incumbent promises to speak truth to power to keep public bus service affordable.
Democratic challenger Ethan Irwin, 37, an attorney in civil practice, is well-informed about the fiscal challenges facing the county, criticizing it for wasting millions on legal fees to GOP-connected law firms. He calls red-light cameras "a tax by another name," while Dunne says they improve safety. Both men, who live in Levittown, opposed sale of the county's sewage treatment plants.
Dunne says his experience and tenure will make him more effective at influencing the GOP administration. Holding him to his word, Newsday endorses Dunne.