LI prosecutor facing challenge seeking House seat

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Kathleen Rice is seeking to be the Democratic nominee to replace the retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. (Getty Images)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – A Long Island prosecutor who has attracted national attention for her crackdowns on drunken driving and cheating on college entrance exams is seeking to be the Democratic nominee to replace retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is the choice of party leaders. She faces Kevan Abrahams , the leader of the Democratic caucus in the Nassau legislature.

Rice made an unsuccessful run for state attorney general in 2010. Abrahams has argued that he has more legislative experience than Rice.

In the Republican primary, former Port Authority commissioner Bruce Blakeman is being challenged by attorney Frank Scaturro, a longtime critic of the Nassau GOP establishment.