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My last blog post about the June primaries featured an interview with Robin Long, Southampton Town Democratic Committee (SHDems) Vice Chair and candidate this year for Town Council. If you haven’t read it yet, take a look before reading this post so you understand who the candidates were, what positions they were running for and how a small group of conservatives forced primaries in both the Democratic Party and the Working Families Party.
The votes have all been counted. This is how our local newspaper, The Southampton Press, described the results in the Working Families Party primary: “After the handful of votes cast in Southampton Town’s Working Families Party primary were counted on June 23, it appeared that Democratic candidates the liberal party had cross-endorsed would eke out narrow victories, but that was before the absentee ballots were added to the total. Last week, the Suffolk County Board of Elections announced that for the second town election cycle in a row, candidates backed by the Conservative and Republican parties had pulled off upset victories.”
Once again, I turned to Robin to help make sense of what happened. It is a lot to take in. For that reason, this interview is divided into two parts. In this Part I, Robin discusses the results and then next week, in Part II, she explores the larger meaning of what happens to the voting franchise from party raiding and why it is so imperative that people come out and vote this November. Voter suppression takes many forms. Party raiding and corrupting the primary system is one of them … [more]



SHDEMS member Barbara Weber-Floyd is an experienced journalist and the author of The Resistance and Me: An Insider’s Account of the Two-Year Mission to Stop the Trump Agenda and Take Back the House.  A unique work of history, it chronicles the rise of the anti-Trump Resistance by introducing the reader to the amazing women of the SHDEMS and the grassroots who powered this movement in our district. Barbara continues to cover how politics and the issues of the day impact our district through her blog,  She is also working on a second book about the women of the Resistance and how, despite the constraints of the pandemic, they helped elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election.