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EDITORIAL: Long Islanders to watch

In a democratic system it's healthy, even vital, for new people with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to come forward and offer themselves for public service. Before the election, Newsday's editorial board interviewed both veteran officeholders seasoned by several terms in the public arena, and challengers brave and bold enough to question the status quo - and subject themselves to judgment by fellow citizens.

These Long Islanders - James Milano, George Sava, Robert Calarco, John Capobianco, Dermond Thomas, Leon Hart and Thomas Devaney - came up short in Tuesday's voting. But we admired their intellect and aspirations to public service, and we think they deserve watching in the future. And we hope leaders of the political parties will redouble their efforts to find talented and creative people to govern. hN