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Newsday endorses Kara Hahn in Suffolk's 5th District

Karina Hahn, Democratic incumbent candidate for Suffolk County

Karina Hahn, Democratic incumbent candidate for Suffolk County Legislature 5th District. Photo Credit: James Escher

When Kara Hahn first ran for this seat in 2011, Newsday said she was "sensible, articulate and knows the issues." After two terms, that's still true. Hahn has focused on environmental and social issues, including water quality, land preservation, domestic violence protections, and drug treatment programs. She's passionate, committed and engaged -- and she's gotten things done.

Hahn, 44, of Setauket, supports County Executive Steve Bellone's budget and economic development plans, but admits the county is "overly reliant" on sales tax revenues.

Hahn's opponent, Donna Cumella of Port Jefferson Station, was the whistleblower on former information technology commissioner Donald Rodgers. Despite a background in finance and computer systems, Cumella, 54, lacks new ideas, and an understanding of key issues.

Hahn has a good grasp on the county's needs, understands teamwork and has the potential for a leadership role one day. If everyone had her passion, the county would benefit.

Newsday endorses Hahn.