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DAN'S PAPERS, August 27, 2010 Page 45

PHOTOS: TJ Clemente & Beth Troy

Dems Introduce New Candidate at Fiesta

Congressman Tim Bishop; new state senate candidate Jennifer Maertz; Calcaterra passing the baton to Maertz; Jay Schneiderman and Fred Thiele

By T.J. Clemente Once again the buzz and momentum of the rising strength of the Southampton Democratic Party was on display at the group’s annual “Summer Fiesta,” at the spacious waterfront home of Bettina and Fred Stelle in North Haven last Sunday, August 22. Despite some dramatic rain, the core of the organization gathered to celebrate success in the past and take aim at some new electoral prizes. Both Democratic Chairman Gordon Herr and event chairperson Grania Brolin were at their best to make the party stalwarts feeling at home and comfortable, despite unruly rain outside the tent. The speakers, with elections coming up in November, were incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop, First Congressional district of New York; incumbent New York State

Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and candidate for the New York State Senate Jennifer Maertz, who is the replacement on the ballot for the popular Regina Calcaterra. She introduced Maertz with her usual enthusiasm and energy. Bishop, still not sure who will challenge him just three months from now, stressed that no matter how much money will be spent to cloud up his diligent service to his district he is and will always be the loyal, humble servant he has always been, working tirelessly to promote the interest of the district in Congress and to the White House. Bishop stressed his commitment to every single constituent and pledged his best efforts. Fred Thiele was his usual witty, bright, light speaker, with a new twist: He is a for-

mer Republican now running as a Democrat. Thiele, who has always been available to this publication for facts, positions and insights, is a hard working dedicated public servant going back to his days as Southampton’s Supervisor so many years ago. He was warmly received by the audience, as a friend. It may be noteworthy to mention that in the crowd was Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst—a feather in the cap of recent Southampton Democratic Party efforts—whose quiet, stoic, dignified presence adds to any political gathering. But the story in the news lately has been the twist and turns of the campaign to unseat Republican State Senator Ken LaValle. At this event the party rolled out its Continued on page 64


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