The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee is hoping the second time is the charm. After a nor’easter struck Long Island last week, the committee postponed a candidates’ forum for the many Democrats vying for the opportunity to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin in November.
The event will now be held this Friday, March 9, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with the forum getting underway at 6:30. The event is open to the press.
Six candidates are expected to appear including former Suffolk County Legislators Kate Browning and Vivian Viloria Fisher, East Hampton businessman Perry Gershon, former Brookhaven National Laboratory physicist Elaine DiMasi, bartender Brendon Henry and community organizer David Pechefsky. A seventh candidate, Bruce Miller, a Port Jefferson Village trustee, has withdrawn.
The candidates will each make an opening statement on their background, the issues with which they are concerned and how they expect to campaign and win. They may then respond to questions from the moderators on specific issues not covered in their opening statements, as well as views of the other contenders. Members of the audience may submit additional questions in writing.
The candidates are now circulating nominating petitions in order to get on the primary ballot. Petition forms for all, supplied by the Suffolk County Democratic Committee, as well as materials from the campaigns, will be available at the forum.