Democratic Congressional Hopefuls To Speak

New York's First Congressional District
New York’s First Congressional District

Six Democratic candidates are vying to compete against incumbent Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin for the East End’s First Congressional District race this year, and Progressive East End Reformers, part of the New York Progressive Action Network, is offering chances for voters to hear from all the candidates in the upcoming weeks.

Two candidates per night will be at the Bridgehampton National Bank’s Community Room at 2200 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on alternating Tuesdays beginning Jan. 9. Candidates will be given a chance to talk about their experience and platforms and answer questions from the audience. Each forum begins at 6:30 p.m.

The first forum, on Jan. 9, features Vivian Viloria Fisher, a former Suffolk County Legislator who represented the 5th District for 13 years, and David Pechefsky, a long-time staffer for the New York City Council, who also worked to establish a legislative budget office for the Congress of Liberia when working as a consultant for the National Democratic Institute from 2010 to 2013.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, from the 3rd District, and Elaine DiMasi, longtime Brookhaven Lab physicist, will speak.

Brendon Henry from Center Moriches and Perry Gershon, who has worked in the commercial real estate finance industry for 25 years, will speak on Feb. 13.

The Democratic primary will be held on June 26, 2018.

The Southold Democratic Club will also hold a Meet & Greet Breakfast with the candidates on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Hellenic Restaurant, 5145 Main Road, East Marion. Tickets are $20 and include breakfast. More details are online at

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