Huntington town supervisor - Democratic

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Huntington town supervisor - Democratic

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Tracey A. Edwards:

Background:
Edwards, 55, of Dix Hills is running in a Democratic primary. She has the Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines in the general election. She is seeking her first term as supervisor. She was elected to the town board in 2013. Edwards is a retired Verizon executive. She is the Long Island region president for the NAACP, a former Elwood school board member and former chairwoman of the town’s planning board. She is a Huntington native and graduated from John H. Glenn High School. She is married and has three children and two grandchildren.

Issues:
Edwards said that as a daughter of a former police officer, crime prevention and safe neighborhoods are a priority. She said there needs to be more youth-oriented programs and the opioid addiction needs to be addressed. Ensuring that the affordability of housing for veterans, millennials, young families and seniors also needs to be addressed. She said: “The growth of Long island’s economy is key for large and small businesses so I will work to create good paying jobs for Huntington residents. My goal is to make Town Hall more accessible by creating additional monthly evening meetings that are dedicated to the public and making our town easier to do business with. As a breast cancer survivor, health and water quality is also a top priority, so my goal is to continue to preserve open space and partner with other municipalities and water districts on clean water initiatives and protecting our sound, harbors and waterways.”

Darryl R. St. George:

Background:
St. George, 35, of Centerport is making his first run for town supervisor in a Democratic primary. He is a Navy veteran raised in Northport who now teaches at Northport High School. He is a former president of the Greenlawn Civic Association. He ran unsuccessfully for the Harborfields school board in 2013, and considered a run for the town board in 2015. He is single with no children.

Issues:
St. George said he has core issues he would like to focus on: ethics reform, democratic reform, environmental protection, opioid addiction and gang prevention, and campaign finance reform. He said he would like to create an inspector general position to oversee spending, contracts and potential fraudulent activities, and would increase voter turnout and civic involvement through the creation of a civic advisory board open to residents, school districts and community groups to act as a vehicle to get more people involved in the decision making process. He supports term limits, sustainable growth and affordable housing, but does have concerns about how some development affects the environment. He believes developers who have pending or current contracts with the town should not be able to make direct contributions to elected officials. “I think those issues speak loudly as to why people should vote for me,” he said. “My main concern with all of these issues is the common theme, which is democratic reform and getting people involved in the political process,” he said. “People should cast a vote for me because I’m going to get up every day, 24/7 and work tirelessly for the people of Huntington.”

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