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November elections are still quite a ways off, but the political season is already in high gear. Candidates for offices throughout Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead were announced in late April, meaning political hopefuls are actively campaigning on social media and in person.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald X. Clavin, a Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Olena Nicks. Clavin is also endorsed by the Conservative Party while Nicks is endorsed by the Working Families Party.

In a statement to the Herald, Clavin touted his record on taxes and quality of life.

"Working with the town board, I am proud to have frozen or cut taxes every year since I have taken office, and residents can expect another tax freeze budget from me for 2024,” Clavin said. “At the same time, our government is enhancing services, repaving roads, and upgrading parks. Respect for taxpayers, keeping neighbors safe and preserving the suburban character of our communities are my top priorities as I seek the support of residents in my re-election campaign for town supervisor."

Nicks said in a statement to the Herald that she is running for supervisor to fight for families and improve quality of life.

“I am running for supervisor to stand up for our families in the largest township in America and be the voice they need,” Nicks said. “I am looking to unify Hempstead, boost small businesses, increase quality of life through green initiatives and improve water quality, and provide safety to all residents. I am running to continue pushing forward the thriving communities in the town and bring other communities that are seeing disparities up to speed.”