State Sen. Kevin Thomas.

State Sen. Kevin Thomas. Credit: James Escher

Daily Point

Is the CD4 pool getting more crowded?

Another Democrat may be preparing to add his name to those who hope to challenge Rep. Anthony D’Esposito in the 4th Congressional District come 2024.

Multiple sources tell The Point that State Sen. Kevin Thomas is exploring a run for Congress.

Thomas lives in Levittown, in the 3rd Congressional District, home to fabulist Rep. George Santos. But sources say Thomas is eyeing CD4 for his possible run. Congressional candidates do not have to live in the district that they want to represent, although they do have to live in the state.

The news comes in the wake of a redistricting that left Thomas’ home out of the State Senate district he now represents. If he wanted to run again for that seat, he would have to move.

And while CD4 doesn’t include Thomas’ residence, it does encompass pieces of both his current State Senate district, and the district he represented before the redrawing of the lines, making him a recognizable name in some quarters. In a major upset in the 2018 election, Thomas, a political newcomer, defeated Republican Kemp Hannon, who had served in the Senate for 28 years.

Thomas, who has been in contact with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a run, could be facing a Democratic primary with former Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, who lost to D’Esposito last year, and former Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes.

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