East Hampton Clericus to Host Town Board Candidates Forum

David Lys left, and Manny Vilar, right, candidates for East Hampton Town Board, will discuss the issues at a forum on Thursday sponsored by the East Hampton Clericus. Durell Godfrey Photos

VoteHamptonNY, a nonpartisan interfaith initiative formed by the East Hampton Clericus in April to promote voter registration, engagement, and turnout, will host a forum for the candidates for East Hampton Town Board on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in East Hampton.

Councilman David Lys, the Democratic and East Hampton Unity Party candidate, and Manny Vilar, the Republican and Conservative Party candidate, will discuss issues in a forum moderated by the Rev. Walter Silva Thompson, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist and a member of the Clericus.

At an event announcing VoteHamptonNY, Mr. Thompson described the initiative as "a moral campaign" to ensure that residents understand the value of civic engagement through voter registration and the exercise of their right. "The sociopolitical and economic climate in our country calls for our communities to communicate with one another," he said, "to work together and build accountable plans to educate, engage, organize, and mobilize its citizens along with working to keep its elected officials morally and politically accountable."

The East Hampton Clericus comprises religious leaders from Wainscott to Montauk.