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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

William R. Spencer | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

William R. Spencer is running for Suffolk County legislator, 18th District

William R. Spencer

In office, Spencer has focused on several issues for the county, including the opioid problem, gang violence and water quality issues in the Long Island Sound. “The biggest thing that I’m just profoundly saddened by is the MS-13 and opioid gang and drug issues,” Spencer said. “I want to continue to bring in more federal and state resources” for those problems. Spencer worked to spread the Narcan program countywide to combat drug overdoses, but he said the next step is a program that would help opioid overdose survivors access treatment programs to fight addiction. “There’s way too many repeat victims,” he said. Spencer said it’s also critical to rein in budget spending and reduce the county’s deficit. Both are quality-of-life issues for the community he serves, he said. “My overall vision is to continue to build economic prosperities for families and young people,” Spencer said. “To build affordability so young people can come back here and live here and find a profitable job.”

Spencer, 50, of Centerport, seeking his fourth term since first being elected in 2011, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon, who also treats adults. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and religious studies from Wesleyan University and a medical degree from the University of Connecticut. Spencer is chairman of the legislature’s Health Committee and vice chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He is past president and an executive board member of the Suffolk County Medical Society. He is married, with three children.