Pictured above: John Avlon and Nancy Goroff at a March 16 Congressional Primary debate at the Jamesport Meeting House.


The candidates in a Democratic primary to run against incumbent Republican Rep. Nick LaLota for the First Congressional District seat will debate one another this coming Monday at 7 p.m. in a Zoom debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and the North Fork, which will be aired live on Southampton Town’s Sea-TV.

Nancy Goroff, an organic chemist who had chaired the chemistry department at Stony Brook University, announced her candidacy in January. She ran against former Congressman Lee Zeldin in 2020. John Avlon, a journalist and political analyst at CNN who has long championed centrist ideas, announced his run for the seat in late February.

Here’s our coverage of a live debate between the candidates at the Jamesport Meeting House earlier this spring.

The First Congressional District, which includes the entire East End, may well be in play this election cycle as Democrats attempt to win back the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Democratic primary is June 25, and early voting for the primary will be held from June 15 through June 23.

There are 16 early voting locations across Suffolk County. Sites on the East End include the Southold Town Recreation Center on Peconic Lane, Windmill Village on Accabonac Road in East Hampton, the Student Activity Center at Stony Brook Southampton, St. Marks Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach, the Shelter Island Youth Recreation Center and Riverhead Town Hall. Voters registered with the Democratic party in Suffolk County can vote at any of the county’s early voting locations.

Hours of early voting are online here.

On Primary Day, June 25, voters can only cast ballots at their regular neighborhood polling site, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

— Beth Young

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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