Back at it


We’ve resumed Zoom meetings until springtime. November’s meeting was an election wrap-up, featuring Assembly Member Billy Jones, who won the 115th handily and State Senate candidate Jean Lapper, who did well in our towns but didn’t win her first run for statewide office. Our committee certainly stepped up and helped both campaigns. Democrats did well…

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September 15 Meeting Featuring Guest Roy Holzer

Roy at Pavilion

Turnout was great, the parking lot at the pavilion was almost full! I think I speak for others in attendance last night: Wilmington Town Supervisor Roy Holzer was a terrific guest speaker. I’m impressed that our committee respectfully hosts Republicans and politely holds them accountable, too. Roy demonstrated an impressive grasp of local issues and…

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August 15 Meeting

Minutes from Monday, August 15 meeting of the Jay/Wilmington Democratic Committee Meeting conducted at the Au Sable Acres Pavilion. In Attendance: Frank and Sue Pagano, Knut and Marisol Sauer, Herb and Lisa Pace, Marie-Anne and Charlotte Ward, Tim Follos, Melinda Beuf, Joe De Marco and Mary Ann Dee Frank called meeting to order at 7:08…

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July 11, 2022 Meeting

Jean Lapper, Democratic NY State Senate candidate for our district (NY45)

This month’s guest speaker was Jean Lapper, Democratic NY State Senate candidate for our district (NY45) against Republican incumbent Dan Stec. District is 6900 sq. miles including Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. She’s a CPA (and mom!) originally from Long Island, but living in Queensbury for the…

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Minutes of Monday May 9, 2022 Meeting

(Prepared by Marie-Anne Azar Ward) This month featured guest speaker, Au Sable Valley Central School District School Board candidate Shannon Stanley, wife of Jay Town Supervisor, Matt Stanley. (The school board election is May 17 from noon to 9pm in the cafeteria at the Middle School – High School in Clintonville.) The meeting was called…

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ECDC Notes from April 26 Meeting

Essex County Dem Committee Meeting notes: Treasurer’s report shows around $7300 balance…not bad. If you receive an absentee ballot and change your mind to vote in person, you’ll have to vote via provisional ballot (affidavit). That’s a change to accommodate the new process of opening absentee ballots and counting them as they are received. This…

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April’s Meeting

It was in person! And we had a guest! And it was cold when the sun went down. Matt Purtorti, Congressional candidate for NY21 spoke to us and answered questions. We had a large turnout and it was so nice to see everyone in person again. Given today’s polarized and toxic political environment, it’s reassuring…

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Political Courage


Our August 9 meeting was at the country’s oldest theme park – Santa’s Workshop in Wilmington NY. We had a good turnout for Assembly Member Matt Simpson’s visit, which ran 1.5 hours – as with most of our meetings, over time and we still had plenty to talk about. I didn’t vote for him, but…

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July, Already


Our July meeting at the Acres pavilion featured three candidates: Tom Matszewski, Independent candidate for Jay Town Clerk, plus Democrats Matt Stanley, candidate for Jay Town Supervisor, and Knut Sauer, candidate for Jay Town Council. Tom introduced himself and answered questions from us. His campaign Facebook page is here. Matt and Knut updated us on…

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