Fighting the good fight


Mark Chiusano

For months now, former Babylon Town Councilwoman Jackie Gordon has had the Democratic field mostly to herself in CD2 as Republicans tried to settle on a candidate in the contest to replace Pete King.

That has allowed Gordon, an Army Reserve veteran and former guidance counselor, to settle into an early lane for the race. Her strategy came out quickly during coffee with The Point at South Bay Diner in Lindenhurst where she sported pins illustrating the American and Jamaican flags, and the slogan "Elect More Women." Fingers wrapped immovably around her mug and speaking firmly and carefully, Gordon laid out a vision similar to the one that current House freshmen, and especially women, used to flip moderate suburban districts in the 2018 midterms. 

What were her top issues? Health care, working to bring down the prices of prescription drugs, and protecting people with preexisting conditions.

Would she want any big committee assignments in DC? Just ones on transportation and veterans. “I wouldn't want to extend myself beyond, especially in the beginning.”

Asked whom she considers a model on the national level, she mentioned one of those head-down new moderate House members with a national security background, former CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin of Michigan. 

As Slotkin and other more moderate members like Max Rose of Staten Island have often tried to do, Gordon shied away from more partisan or left-wing issues.