Received from Cindy Pabst, Glen Head
March 17, 2018
To the Editor:
I spent the day today knocking on doors. I'm not selling anything and I don't want any money. I am a volunteer for Tom Suozzi, Congressional Representative for the Third District, New York State. All I wanted is for you to sign my Democratic Designating Petition so that Tom Suozzi can continue to do the good work he is doing for his constituents in the third district.
As per law, in order for candidates to get on the ballot in New York State, they must meet a variety of state-specific filing requirements and deadlines. These determine whether or not the candidate appears on the election ballot. This must be done in advance of primaries and the general election. Specifically, candidates need a certain amount of signatures from members of their political party.
Since Tom is too busy to do this himself, he relies on people like me to help. It's part of the democratic process we all enjoy in this country. It's especially compelling when you consider what goes on in other countries.
So how was my day? Mixed. I knock on doors of only registered Democrats. There are people who were home (I could hear them) but didn't answer the door. But there were also people who smiled and happily signed. And they always thanked me for my efforts. One, however, opened the door only to say "get off my property".
So why do I write this? To let you know that between now and the first week of April if you see someone on your block with a clipboard and a pen, it's likely they want something from you. Not money, but something more important to the greater good in our town, county, and state. Please participate and sign the petition. Be active. Take action. Make a difference.
What's the alternative?
Cindy Pabst, Glen Head