Michaelle C. Solages, 29, a Democrat from Elmont, has emerged as a talented political leader in her first term. Elected in 2012 from a newly redrawn district on the Nassau border, Solages immediately got to work on constituent needs: holding forums to help people facing foreclosure, winning a grant for school science education, extending child care subsidies for parents who work nights, and securing funds for safety fixes along Hempstead Turnpike and Sunrise Highway.
Republican Gonald Moncion, 46, is another political newcomer, and his entry is welcome. A guidance counselor from Valley Stream, he argues passionately for a Cosmos soccer stadium near the Belmont Park racetrack so that young people will have jobs and excitement.
Solages opposes the stadium and won't say what she does prefer at Belmont. She wants to open up the possibilities by inviting new proposals.
Newsday endorses Solages.