New York State Assembly, 18th District

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James Lamarre
Republican

Background: Lamarre, 42, of Lakeview, is also running on the Conservative line. He previously ran last year for the Nassau County second district Legislature. He was born in Haiti and attended LIU in Brooklyn. He received a bachelor's degree in communications from Walden University. Lamarre owns County Cleaners Corporation in Uniondale and previously worked as an insurance agent and financial adviser for Mass Mutual and New York Life.  He has served as secretary-treasurer for the Business Network International. He is married with one daughter.

Issues: Lamarre said he will curb raising taxes and over regulation in the 18th district. He said Nassau County needs affordable housing for seniors and veterans and equal education for new generations of students. Lamarre said he will work to make sure funding and tax dollars stay in Nassau County and to improve the 18th district. He said he will work for funding of community programs and after school programs. He said he would seek   to improve school security and help law enforcement fight gangs and reduce crime. Lamarre said he also wants to encourage new businesses in the 18th district to attract companies.

Taylor R. Raynor
Democratic

Background: Raynor, 34, of Hempstead, is also running on the Reform, Women's Equality and Working Families party lines. Raynor defeated longtime state Assemb. Earlene Hooper for the Democratic nomination in the 18th State Assembly District. She graduated from Uniondale High School and received a bachelor's degree in psychology and creative writing from Spelman College in Atlanta. She also received a master's degree in industrial organizational psychology from Hofstra University. She works as a private consultant psychologist. She is a member of the NAACP and is the issues chairwoman for the Hempstead Democratic Party.

Issues: Raynor said she is running on a platform of transparency to restore open communication between elected representatives and the community. She wants to increase awareness in the community about resources for voters. Raynor said she wants to improve quality-of-life issues and code enforcement, such as road improvements and ridding the community of zombie houses. She called the educational system throughout the 18th Assembly District "abysmal, disturbing or on the decline," and said the community needs more resources for physical and mental health. Raynor said she will fight to retain state dollars from Albany in local communities and said senior citizens should be able to retire and keep their homes in Nassau County.

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