Republican Felix O. Quayson, 25, is a joy to be around. So is his opponent, incumbent Democrat Carrié Solages, 36. Both are emblematic of a district bustling with newcomers and new cultures.
Solages, of Elmont, has held the seat for four years and covers the district like a rug. If he is frustrated by his lack of success in straightening out the county budget and his belief that quality-of-life issues like crime are having a growing impact in the district, that doesn't deter him.
Quayson, of Valley Stream, teaches at Washington Adventist University and wants to fight for lower taxes, scholarships for students and a more aggressive approach to the heroin epidemic. And he wants to be a conduit for the ideas of district residents, not just his own.
Quayson has a future in public service, but Solages has proven his dedication and skill as a representative for residents, securing things as small as street signs and as large as more policing.
Newsday endorses Solages.