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Chairman: James Sharpe
3138 East River Rd. - Phone & Text 716 553-1100

Mission: Help democratic candidates get elected.
Club's Purpose:
Raise money for the Democratic candidates for the Town of Grand Island.
We are always looking for new members to help campaigns.

Welcome, Fall! To-Go BBQ - September 2020

    The Grand Island Democratic Party is hosting "Welcome, Fall! To-Go BBQ" on Wednesday, September 23rd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. Reservations and menu details here.

Democratic Candidates Fundraiser - October 2019

   The Grand Island Democratic Committee is hosting "Autumn Splash", a fundraiser for Democratic candidates on Friday, October 11th, at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30p.m., and tickets are $25. Sponsorships are also available. See flyer for more details.

Additional Grand Island Democratic Committee Endorsement - March 2019

Robert "Bob" Mesmer, Candidate for Town Justice.

   The Grand Island Democratic Party is proud to announce Robert Mesmer for Town Justice. Bob has resided on Grand Island for 68 years and has served 14 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Bob has been very involved in the community.
   The Democratic Party held a Meet & Greet at the WNY Welcome Center on Sunday, March 10th. Forrest Crawford snapped an adorable picture of his nine-month-old son Greyson with Town Supervisor Candidate James Sharpe at the event.

James Sharpe with Greyson Crawford.

Grand Island Democratic Committee Endorsements - March 2019

From left: George Hauss, Beverly Kinney, Jenn Pusatier & James Sharp.

   Grand Island Democratic Party is pleased to announce the following candidates for the upcoming November election. Deputy Supervisor James Sharpe for Supervisor; Jenn Pusatier for Town Council; incumbent Councilwoman Beverly Kinney for Town Council, Robert Mesmer for Town Justice and George Hauss for Town Clerk. The candidates invite the public to the Welcome Center for a “Meet the Candidates” afternoon coffee. Sunday, March 10th, 10am - 2pm.

Democratic Committee Seeks Candidates - January 2019

    The Grand Island Democratic Party is seeking candidates to fill town positions of Supervisor, Town Council (2), Town Clerk, and Town Justice for this fall. Individuals interested in running on behalf of the Grand Island Democratic Party are asked to send a cover letter and resume to GI Dems, 2571 West River Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072. Letters must be received by February 5, 2019. The GI Democratic Committee will be holding interviews for candidates seeking endorsement after Feb 5th.

Democratic Committee Endorsements - May 2017

    The Democratic Committee has announced endorsements of Cyndy Montana and Celia Spacone for Grand Island Town Council, Dan Drexelius for highway superintendent and Eric Soehnlein for town justice.

Coffee with the Democratic Candidates - October 2015

    FREE Donuts & Coffee For Seniors, hosted by candidates; Judge Sybil Kennedy (Town Justice), Nathan McMurray (Supervisor), Beverly Kinney & Cyndy Montana (Council) and Nancy Samrany (Former Town Clerk) - Thursday, Oct 29th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd.

Grand Island Democratic Committee Endorsements - May 2015

From left: Beverly Kinney, Sybil Kennedy, Cyndy Montana & Nathan McMurray

   Press Release...As chairman, Jim Sharpe credits the Democrat Committee with an impressive slate of candidates. "I am honored that we have candidates with the caliber of Nathan McMurray for Town Supervisor. He is an experienced and accomplished attorney who is world traveled. He has chosen, as we have, to raise his family here on Grand Island and feels we can do better. We believe Nathan, as Town Supervisor, has what it takes to make a good community a great community.
   Our Town Council candidates, Beverly Kinney and Cyndy Montana, are both excited and enthusiastic about bringing their talents and commitment to making Grand Island a better place to live, work & play. Beverly Kinney has been involved in every facet of Grand Island, from working with the Chamber of Commerce, the Town's Economic Development Advisory Board, the Women's Professional Business Organization, along with many of the community charities and events through more than two decades. She has spent the majority of her life here on Grand Island and her love and commitment to the community is clear to anyone who has worked with her.
   Fresh eyes and new ideas are the qualities Cyndy Montana brings to the table. She is the mother of two children with a husband who was born and raised on Grand Island. She is involved with her children's PTA and actively participates with all of their events. Cyndy extends her time and efforts to a variety of community events and organizations. A successful businesswoman, she will bring sound judgement to the position.
   The committee and I are extremely proud to endorse Judge Sybil Kennedy, a seasoned judge, for the Grand Island Town Justice. Judge Kennedy had worked as chief clerk for Judge Pritchard for many years and has served as Town Justice for the past 16 years. She has brought a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to our town court. Judge Kennedy is a well-recognized and respected judge with the county.
   This group of candidates will bring transparency, creativity and integrity to our government that will replace the indecisiveness, duplicity and dysfunction that we currently endure." For more information on getting involved contact, Jim Sharpe at jsharpe3138@me.com or 553-1100.

Grand Island Democratic Committee Meet & Greet - August 2013

   The Grand Island Democratic Committee is sponsoring a Candidates Meet & Greet on Friday, September 6th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road. Donation $25.00, for more information call Jim Sharpe at 716-553-1100.

Grand Island Democratic Committee Endorsements - June 2013

From left: Joy (Carrier) LaMarca, William Stanley, Sarah Tollner, Beverly Kinney

   The Grand Island Democratic Committee has endorsed Beverly Kinney and Sarah Tollner as their candidates for Town Council. The committee has also endorsed Joy (Carrier) LaMarca for Town Justice and William Stanley for Town Highway Superintendent. The Committee will be holding a fundraiser on June 14th at the VFW Post from 6-9pm and the community is invited. For further information contact Jim Sharpe at 553-1100 or jsharpe3138@me.com.

Democratic Committee Seeks Candidates for November 2013 Election - March 2013

    The Grand Island Democratic committee is seeking candidates for the following Town of Grand Island offices: Town Council (two seats), Town Justice and Superintendent of Highways. Residents seeking the Island Democratic Party endorsement should submit a written request and any supporting material to the Grand Island Democratic Committee, c/o Chairman Jim Sharpe, 3138 E River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Letters are to be received by Friday, April 5, 2013. For information or questions, contact Jim Sharpe at 773-2279 or 553-1100.