Democrat Kimberly Jean-Pierre, 30, of Wheatley Heights, is seeking to succeed Assemb. Robert Sweeney, who has ably represented this district for 26 years.

Republican Mark Gallo, 46, of Lindenhurst, hasn't campaigned in this overwhelmingly Democratic area.

Jean-Pierre is a solid choice for the job. Born in Brooklyn to Haitian immigrants, she holds a master's degree in public policy from Stony Brook University. Bucking the trend of young people leaving Long Island, she stayed.

Jean-Pierre first worked for federal and county elected officials and is now director of the resource center that is part of the Wyandanch Rising initiative. She knows the district and its needs well and understands how to deliver services to its residents. Her opposition to a charter school in Wyandanch is troubling, but she has what it takes to grow in the job.

Newsday endorses Jean-Pierre.

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