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Dawn Marie Sharrock for Suffolk Legislative District 4

Dawn Sharrock, Democratic candidate for Suffolk County Legislature

Dawn Sharrock, Democratic candidate for Suffolk County Legislature District 4 Credit: James Escher

Republican Nichols J. Caracappa made news two years ago for the wrong reasons.

Caracappa, 54, was arrested at his Selden home in December 2019, and faces criminal charges related to an alleged domestic violence incident. He says he expects to be exonerated.

Selden Democrat Dawn Marie Sharrock, 46, a Middle Country school board member, is a dynamic presence with fresh ideas such as developing more union worker apprenticeship programs and expanding mental health access for adults post-pandemic. She has faced contentious school board meetings and strongly supports a vaccine mandate for Suffolk police officers.

Caracappa lauded Suffolk's police reform efforts, saying there are bad cops who "must be held accountable." He advocated for affordable apartments for seniors, to open single-family homes to young couples. But he offered little new.

Sharrock will bring new perspectives to a body that long embraced bold ideas.

Newsday endorses Sharrock.

Suffolk Legislative District 4 covers Central-eastern Suffolk, Selden, Centereach, part of Ronkonkoma

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