Message From The Chair

February 2014

Southampton’s unique scenic quality and sense of place is derived from the interrelationship between rural farmlands, areas of undeveloped open space, water frontage . . . and the hamlet centers. This rural character, graced with significant natural and historical resources, is the quality that maintains its vitality as a resort, second home and visitor attraction, and an attractive place to live and work.

Dear Southampton Town Resident,Gordon

The unique characteristics of Southampton Town described above continue to be threatened by poorly planned and questionable development. The value of your home and your quality of life in the Hamptons is in danger and the Southampton Town Democrats are your strongest allies. You need our help to preserve what you value about Southampton and we need your help to do that.

Regardless of where you vote, if you own a home here, you have a vital interest here. The danger is unbridled development. As you know, it’s the beaches, the open spaces, the historic homes, the farms and the waterways that make Southampton Town so special and make your home so valuable. The wrong kind of development will destroy all that and make us look like any other suburb. Then watch the real estate market plummet.

If you’d like to get involved and have a strong voice in what happens in your Town, the Southampton Democrats are looking for people to fill a few vacancies in our Town’s Democratic Committee. Participating as a member takes time, but it has many rewards. Members of the Committee, 2 in each of the town’s 42 Election Districts (ED’s), are the grassroots foundation of the national Democratic Party and the indispensable representatives of Democrats in our Town.  The Executive and/or Screening Committee identifies, screens, selects and nominates candidates for local elected offices and each Committee member obtains signatures for these candidates, on local nominating petitions as required by law as a prerequisite to running for office.  They also participate in platform and policy development. They are a key part of every electoral campaign, where telephoning voters and door-to-door canvassing have been proven to be the most important determinants of who wins. They are the eyes and ears of Democratic and independent voters in the election districts they serve.

In addition, the rewards can be personal and professional. The 84 members of the Committee and the many people in and out of government with whom we have intimate contact, are a stimulating and convivial social and professional network. Campaigns are exciting and it’s fun to be in on the ground floor. Members learn a lot about government and politics. Campaigning is becoming very sophisticated – there are opportunities to work in many sectors, use many media, take substantial initiative and develop new skills. It’s a way for students and job seekers, while having a good time, to enhance their resumes with real learning and a real contribution.

Many people are cynical about politics today, but standing by does nothing to change things or ease frustration. Working closely with government from the vantage point of a political party that represents your views gives insight into how the democratic process works. Particularly at the local level, it provides the proximity to affect actions and outcomes aligned with one’s deepest beliefs and intentions.

However, if you’d rather not be actively involved right now, we would still welcome your support. For the first time in over 20 years, we have a majority on the Town Board and we intend to do what’s best and right for the entire Town and all its residents. We feel that we’re a “thin blue line” defending the unique character of Southampton Town. We need to elect more defenders. If you care about protecting your investment, if you care about the environment in which you live, if you care about your quality of life, please support the Southampton Town Democratic Committee. By sending a contribution you will help us continue to grow the Party and enable us to run progressive candidates for elective office. Any amount would be greatly appreciated and will be spent on direct campaign expenses.

If you’d like to meet with me to discuss becoming a Committee member, or would simply like more information about the Democratic Committee, please contact me directly at Gordon@shdems.org.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Kindest regards

Gordon Herr
Chairman