Bourgeois said he is running for the Assembly because “too many young people like myself can’t afford to live on Long Island because the taxation is too high.” Bourgeois said many of his friends are planning to move out of the state for more affordable housing options. “The effects of brain drain on Nassau County are staggering and the tax cap as well as other measures to lower taxation are not enough to stem this crisis,” he said. “We need to ensure a future where our young people don’t have to face these issues.” Bourgeois said the way Common Core has been implemented in schools “has been an utter disaster for our kids” because “it puts too much strain on our young people.” Bourgeois said that, if elected, he would seek to “completely redo Common Core by discussing how it would work with teachers, students and parents.” Bourgeois said that if reform efforts prove unsuccessful, he would propose legislation to end Common Core. Bourgeois said he would support suspending the pay of state legislators who are indicted on ethics charges, in addition to revoking their pensions if they are convicted.
Bourgeois, 31, a lifelong resident of Baldwin and a 2003 graduate of Baldwin High School, is running on the Democratic Party line. Bourgeois has an associate degree from Nassau Community College and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University. He is a state-certified legal aide. Bourgeois works as an election clerk for the Nassau County Board of Elections. He formerly worked in sales for Foot Soldiers, an online sneaker company. Bourgeois volunteered in 2015 to clean up community parks in Baldwin and Merrick, in an effort sponsored by Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran. Bourgeois has a yellow belt in defensive martial arts.