Can you do me a favor? Would you please sign my petition to become a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention? I’m on a slate of eight delegates, who are pledged to Pete Buttigieg, and we need to collect at least 500 signatures from our area this month in order to qualify for the ballot. (A little more on that below.) If you are willing to sign, please meet me this weekend at either of these times and locations:
Saturday, January 11th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Starbucks near Iona (726 North Avenue)
Sunday, January 12th from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Starbucks in Wykagyl (1278 North Avenue)
As another option, you can drop by Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway) any time, where our same petition will be available.
In order to be eligible to sign, you must (a) live in the 16th Congressional District of New York, meaning that Eliot Engel is your Congressman, and (b) be registered to vote as a Democrat.
Signing the petition does not obligate you to vote for Pete Buttigieg or for anyone else. It simply allows delegates like myself to qualify for the ballot, so that the democratic primary process can occur. The New York primary will take place on April 28th — that’s when you have to choose a candidate.
Although our local delegate slate covers the whole Congressional District, I am proud to say that New Rochelle is very well-represented. In addition to myself, the delegate slate includes New Rochelle residents Fabiola Brito-Briseno, Sharad Khemani, and Gwen Clayton (the co-owner of Alvin & Friends.) The slate also includes Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who represents half of New Rochelle, and Michael Clain, the former Mayor of Pelham.
I’ve never before tried to collect signatures on a petition this way, so it’s a bit of an experiment, and I am counting on my friends to show up! If you have a couple of minutes this weekend, I would really be grateful to see you. Coffee’s on me.