Fresh Meadows's Nily Rozic said she will draw upon her years of working in Albany during her bid for the 25th Assembly District seat.
Rozic, who worked for state Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, D-Manhattan, for six years, will face off against in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for state Assemblyman Rory Lancman's, D-Fresh Meadows, seat.
She said she has the know-how to navigate the state Legislature, where she intends to tackle everything from campaign finance reform to health care if elected.
"I started off as a community organizer and during my tenure with Brian [Kavanagh], I oversaw a robust constituent service operation," she said. "We authored more than 300 bills and passed 20 into law. I'm reform-minded and want to bring change to Albany. I know what it task to get things done and I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and make things happen for eastern Queens."
Rozic, 26, said campaign finance reform is a top priority, but also registration reform, such as making ballots easier to access for seniors and read for voters who do not speak English as their primary language.
"We need to make sure that anyone who wants to run for office has access and level the playing field," she said.
She named affordable health care as her other top issue.
"I'm eager to increase awareness and examinations in our borough," she said. "Queens has one of the largest populations of people with breast and lung cancer. We need to ensure that people not only receive the treatment they need, but are also being detected early enough."
In terms of local issues, she said education is important for her district.
"Overcrowding is the number one issue," she said. "We shouldn't have schools that have different cycles and shifts. We need our fair share of resources."
She also cited transportation as a concern for residents of northeast Queens.
"People have really long commutes to work," she said. "I used to take a bus and two trains every morning. We need to increase the amount of express buses as well as bring more service at all hours of the day."
Rozic, who is a member of Community Board 8, for the Assembly in April and has been knocking on doors in her district ever since.
"I really want to represent my community and bring results back," she said. "I'm excited about the possibilities of what we can bring back to eastern Queens."
The 25th Assembly District covers Bayside Hills, Douglaston, Oakland Gardens, Auburndale, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Queensborough Hill and a sliver of Bayside.
Republicans running for the seat include Abe Fuchs, a retired postal worker from Kew Gardens Hills, and William Garifal Jr., a Flushing-based Internet marketer.