East Hampton Town Board candidates David Lys and Manny Vilar will participate in a community forum at Calvary Baptist Church on Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM. The forum will be hosted by Reverend Walter Silva Thompson Jr., the East Hampton Clericus, and VotehamptonNY, and they will also act as moderators.
Both Lys and Vilar will be asked to provide specific details of what legislative actions they plan to take to help the East Hampton community. Both candidates will be given the exact questions in advance; however, follow-up questions may develop throughout the event. The topics will focus on family, communal, and moral concerns that can be remedied by collaborative efforts aided by civic engagement and town government actions.
In the words of Reverend Walter Silva Thompson Jr., the forum is about “getting to the truth of the matter.” The candidates were also asked what they both believed the forum would accomplish. Lys stated, “Rachel and I have made a commitment to faith and community a priority for our family. We pride ourselves in teaching our four daughters wisdom for their growing lives that was developed both from scripture and the school books.”
Vilar also responded to the question of the forum’s importance by stating, “There is much truth in the quote from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: ‘The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.’ I believe that the government alone cannot solve our community complex problems and society’s ills. Working together with elected officials, our community’s religious institutions, community organizations, and community volunteers, great things are possible.”
For information on the forum, contact Reverend Thompson at 631-599-3078.