Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the Democratic Leader of the Nassau County Legislature, formally announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives, 4th District, the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.
Congresswoman McCarthy, who announced her retirement in January, is vacating her seat after nine terms of service.
Abrahams, who has been actively fundraising into an exploratory committee for the seat since then, has chosen to move forward and enter the June 24 Democratic Primary.
“It is with a great deal of excitement that I announce my candidacy for the United States House of Representatives,” said Abrahams. “I am ready and able to serve my country at a time when the working families of this district need their government the most. This district needs a Congressman who will stand up for the middle class and society’s most vulnerable. This district needs a voice in Washington who has a proven record of advocacy for all residents.” In his capacity as the Democratic Leader of the Legislature, Legislator Abrahams has advocated on behalf of many constituents of the 4th Congressional District.
Abrahams said his campaign would focus on taxes, income inequality, education and assisting Nassau County’s economic growth and development.
“In order for Nassau County to thrive as it once did, it needs a partner in Washington who believes the best way to move forward is to push a progressive agenda that includes raising the federal minimum wage, rebuilding our infrastructure, and reimagining this region for future generations,” said Abrahams.
Abrahams said he would also continue the legacy left by Congresswoman McCarthy and champion common sense gun control laws that protect families from gun violence.
“Having represented some of Long Island’s poorest areas for more than a decade, I am acutely aware of the pressing need to improve public safety by instituting measures such as universal background checks and assault weapons bans. I will proudly honor the legacy of Congresswoman McCarthy and continue the crusade she began two decades ago,” said Abrahams.
If elected, Abrahams would be the first African-American ever elected to represent a district wholly located on Long Island.
Abrahams, 39, was first elected to the County Legislature in 2002, and has served as Democratic Leader since 2012. He lives in Freeport with his wife Stephanie and his children Kennedy and Carter.
Karen Rubin, Long Island Populist Examiner
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