Clavin-Higgins, 53, of Valley Stream, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt party lines. She has worked as the principal law clerk for Nassau County Court Judge Christopher Quinn since 2008. Clavin-Higgins has also been serving as Valley Stream village justice, a post she has held since her appointment in January. She filled a vacancy on the Valley Stream board of trustees in October 2011, was elected to a four-year term in March 2012, and resigned at the end of last year. Clavin-Higgins graduated from George Washington University School of Law in 1989 and began her legal career as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She left Washington to become a Nassau County assistant district attorney, serving from 1989 to 1995. Clavin-Higgins was a former law clerk to New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey O’Connell from 1995 to 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1984 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1990. She is a lecturer at Hofstra University for its paralegal program and has been active with the Valley Stream Youth Council for the past 10 years. Clavin-Higgins is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association.