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solage-cuomoMichaelle Solages has been meandering in and about the newly formed 22AD all of her life but these days she is focused on personally delivering campaign materials and listening to residents and business owners talk about key issues in the community. Michaelle is a relatively new voice in Elmont politics and is the Democratic candidate for State Legislature. Her opponent, Sean Wright, Republican is also new to Elmont politics.

As Ms Solages and I sat across the table at a local restaurant she spoke of her heritage and biography “I am a lifelong resident of Elmont and the daughter of Haitian immigrants”, she said. “Elmont is getting to know me … the community knows I am a fighter for what I believe…” I got the sense as we talked that “fighter” is not the word that best describes Ms Solages. She is more of a “determined advocate”. Her style is more collaborative than confrontational more honey than stick. “I like to forge cooperation where possible”, said Solages.

Ms Solages was catapulted to public life when she, with total disregard for her safety, confronted Republican campaign workers during the 2010 3rd Legislative District race between incumbent John Ciotti (R) and Carrie Solages (D). Her almonst 7 minute long videotape captured the sustained sexist, racist and threatening remarks of Republican campaign workers in Elmont.

As we spoke it became apparent that Michaelle learned at an early age the value of hard work. She understands the importance of dedicating one’s time to making positive change. Michaelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University’s School of Education, Health and Human Services, where she specialized in Athletic Training. In her role as community activist, Michaelle works to improve her community. Professionally, Michaelle serves as a supervisor at Hofstra University’s Axinn Library where she is a proud member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153. Michaelle has also worked for a local newspaper as a photojournalist and in that capacity; she has been able to keep her finger on the pulse of the community.

In recent years, Michaelle has placed herself on the front lines by addressing community concerns. Michaelle volunteered as a legislative aide at the Nassau County Legislature and worked as a paralegal at her brother’s law practice.

On September 13, 2012, Michaelle won the Democratic and Working Families Primaries for the 22nd Assembly District. One of Michaelle’s top priorities is fighting for Nassau County’s middle class. Michaelle believes that a livable wage, affordable housing, and the right to organize must be protected. Michaelle also seeks to be a voice for victim rights, affordable healthcare, and protection against unfair banking practices.

The 22nd Assembly District includes Elmont, North Valley Stream, Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, South Floral Park, Bellerose, North Woodmere, Stewart Manor, and parts of Franklin Square and Floral Park.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 October 2012 10:25 )  

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