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Voters Guide

Rita Kestenbaum |

Rita Kestenbaum is running for Hempstead town supervisor

Rita Kestenbaum

Kestenbaum said she wants to make town government "open and independent of party rule." She wants to curb spending to lower taxes, and she promises to cut the town's mail budget in half. "High spending leads to high taxes," she said. "Our town ... leaders are being both economically and environmentally irresponsible by their parade of mailings."

Kestenbaum, 57, of South Bellmore, who is also running on the Women's Equality and Working Families lines, was a one-term Hempstead Town council member from 2000 until the end of 2003. This year, she lost a special election bid for the Nassau County Legislature. She has been an active volunteer in the community where she has lived the past 31 years. She started the Carol Kestenbaum Foundation in memory of her daughter, killed in Arizona in 2007. She has a bachelor's degree from Adelphi University, is married and has two other children.