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4th Congressional District candidates, from left, Carolyn McCarthy, Fran Becker and Frank Scaturro.
For the second straight election, she is being challenged by Republican Fran Becker, an original member of the Nassau County Legislature. Frank Scaturro won the Conservative Party primary as a write-in candidate and rounds out the race.
Boundaries to the 4th District have changed due to redistricting. Portions of Valley Stream, Elmont and Inwood are no longer in the district, but communities such as Bellmore, Merrick, Island Park and Long Beach, and portions of Baldwin and Freeport are in.
Herald: Why are you running for election/re-election?
McCarthy: During my time in Congress I have focused on three things: 1) strengthening and improving our economy, 2) improving access to quality education, and 3) protecting public health and safety. I believe I have been successful at all of these endeavors and am eager to continue this work. I have voted for tax cuts for small businesses and taxpayers of all income brackets, have fought for equal pay for women, am fighting to keep Medicare strong and affordable, and have made a concrete difference in protecting and creating jobs here on Long Island. I’ve done this by helping to forge a bipartisan deal to reauthorize a federal bank that makes a profit for taxpayers and has financed $65 million in export sales activity in the 4th Congressional District alone; by fighting to save 900 jobs – and create even more – by encouraging the FAA to build its new long-range control tower on Long Island; and by hosting a job fair connecting about a thousand jobseekers to three dozen local employers that were hiring.
Becker: I’m running for Congress as the Republican and Tax Revolt candidate because we need to get our nation and our region back on track. Our economy needs a jumpstart; the person we’ve sent to Washington for almost two decades hasn’t been able to get it accomplished.
Scaturro: Having fought battles inside and outside Congress, written about Congress, and taught about Congress, I decided to run for Congress because I believe we are facing challenges on a magnitude that has confronted only a few generations in our history. We face challenges on several fronts — the economy, taxes, jobs, health care, national security, and education to name a few. Rather than address our nation’s most pressing problems, Washington has made the situation worse with reckless spending, regulation, and job-killing taxes that have mortgaged the next generation’s future. We must change course to reopen the path to growth and opportunity.
Herald: What Legislation would you seek to pass?