Manhasset Forms Democratic Club

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Manhasset Democrats are out there and they’ve come together to form a Democratic Club in Manhasset. Since the 2016 election, many Manhasset Democrats have wanted to make a difference and initially organized through the Manhasset Democratic Club and Manhasset Indivisible Facebook page to learn how they could impact political decisions changing lives. Residents flocked to the page and began to have conversations around democratic values. Now, a new entity, the Manhasset Democratic Club, has been developed to advance the ideals of a democratic government.
The first meeting was held in a packed room of 40 people, including many students in high school. Everyone talked about what they hoped for from the Democratic Party and the issues that of concern, from policy issues at the federal level such as a clean environment, climate change, healthcare, equal treatment of all people, gun control, income inequality and voting rights and at the local level of ensuring safe neighborhoods, good roads and fair taxes.
Club elections were held with the following appointments: President, Evan Mandery; Vice President, Beth Miller; Treasurer, Judy Esterquest; Secretary Valli Rajah Mandery. Directors representing young democrats: Ann Miller, Katie Miller, Josh De Leeuw, Eamon Vanrajah and Ben Reilly; Manhasset residents: Jen Johnston, Charlene Prounis and Armando Mejia.
Future meetings and events will include invited speakers, social get-togethers to meet other Democrats within Manhasset, fundraising events to support candidates and a student-led event.
At the last meeting, a new voting schedule was reviewed. Primaries will now be held in June and a discussion as to how this impacts candidate selection and petitioning to place candidates on the ballots.
Membership is open to all. For more information, contact Evan Mandery at ejmandery@gmail.com.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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