Sarah Anker, 47, is a community activist and Mount Sinai resident who won a special election in March to represent Suffolk's 6th District in the county legislature. A Democrat, she's now running for re-election in her heavily Republican district against attorney Karen M. Wilutis, 53, a Republican from Miller Place.
Anker's heart is in the right place. She emphasizes communication, cares about health and environmental issues, and stresses the importance of creating jobs. Unfortunately, she lacks focus and inclines toward anodyne generalities on the issues.
Wilutis' intelligence and legal background make her the preferred candidate. She has extensive experience as town attorney and as a planning board member for the Town of Brookhaven. She's been an assistant district attorney and a small claims arbitrator. She's also done legislative work for state Sen. John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport).
Newsday endorses Wilutis.