1999-07-23 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Chapey’s Regular Democratic Club lead Queens Democrats
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Chapey's Regular Democratic Club filed the largest number of petitions from a single club in Queens County in the current petition process to select a Queens District Attorney. Dr. Geraldine Chapey, Democratic District Leader and Executive Member of the Club, Sharon Gabriel, its President, and the other officers worked diligently with the club activists to increase participation in the petition signing process. The subscribing witnesses who circulated petitions represent a cross section of concerned people from our community. These individuals are to be complimented for their willingness to commit that extra effort in order to collect signatures for candidates who will represent us and for candidates who will work to improve our community and our quality of life.

This year the Regular Democratic Club carried petitions for D. A. Richard Brown who is running for re-election for his third full term in that office. He has done and will continue to do an outstanding and remarkable job for the citizens of Queens County. D. A. Brown brings to that office a vast array of academic and experiential abilities. 

D. A. Brown is a leader who has a deep and genuine concern for the safety and security of the people of Queens. He is also a man of vision who is interested in the long term concerns of his constituents. He is a leader with a strong sense of responsibility. Responsibility to him also means accountability to his constituents. He has not only the respect and admiration of the people of Queens County but is held in very high regard by other D.A.'s across the state and the country. In addition, the petitions included James Golia, whose family owns a home in Breezy Point and Kevin Kerrigan who are running for civil court judge. All three candidates addressed our club meeting on June 30. In order for each candidate to secure a place on the ballot he/she must file a designating petition with a specified number of signatures for each position. The designating petitions must be signed by the required number of voters from the district. This is a very critical and vital element in the election process. This action of actually signing the petition provides each and every one of us with the opportunity to have our voice heard. It is important for us to take part in this process. It is according to social scientists the relationships between political candidates, individuals who circulate and sign their petitions, and the individuals they represent are mutually interactive and dependent on each other. Congratulations to all who took part in the petition process through the Regular Democratic Club. Our club submitted the highest number of signatures of any single club in Queens County. Our club submitted 1475 signatures.


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