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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Kara Hahn | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Kara Hahn is running for Suffolk County legislator, 5th District

Kara Hahn

Hahn said the top issues are the environment, combating the opioid epidemic and attracting high-paying jobs to Suffolk. As chair of the environment committee, she passed a bill to require the county to test drinking water for the chemical 1,4-dioxane and banned the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products. She also passed legislation to prevent dry cleaners from describing themselves as “organic” and directing the county health department to come up with signs on health effects of different dry cleaning chemicals. She plans to encourage coaches, parents and others who work with children in how to use naloxone, a drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose. On economic development, she said she and other lawmakers have brought together Suffolk County Community College and Stony Brook University to better train the workforce.

Hahn, 46, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality party lines. The Setauket resident received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Delaware and master’s degree in social work policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Hahn has been a Suffolk County legislator in the 5th District since 2012. Previously, she worked as director of communications for then-Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay, and also chief of staff for Suffolk Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher. She had previously worked for Melville-based technology company NEC USA Inc. Hahn is chairwoman of the environment, planning and agriculture committee, as well as the parks committee. She is married, with two daughters.