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Candidate Forums

Voter Service has made the League of Women Voters the foremost nonpartisan volunteer organization in the political arena today. Voter Service is at the heart of the League, core to our mission, and core to the public trust we engender.

PWM Voter Service includes candidate forums and the strictly nonpartisan voter information we offer for new voters and other special populations, for recently changed election information, and our voter guides.

Candidates are willing to appear on our platforms and provide information for our Voter Guides (once always on paper, now electronic Vote411.org/new-york) because candidates have confidence that they will be treated fairly and that the material will not be used for partisan purposes. This same reputation secures the confidence placed in our material by other organizations, newspapers and interested citizens.

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Where can I view past forums or learn about upcoming forums?

Our League is proud to have been among the first local Leagues in the nation to provide virtual forums that allow voters to submit questions to candidates both before and DURING virtual forums. In 2020, our League offered more virtual forums than any other NYS League.

Since then we try to record and post all our forums on our YouTube channel, which has a quick handle at


Playlists for 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 Forums are available.

Upcoming forums are listed on our Website Homepage (LWVofPWM.org) and on our Calendar  — and this page will be regularly updated.

How does PWM choose which Forums it organizes and moderates?

Our PWM League focuses its efforts on races where our members vote.  Every forum we sponsor requires candidates to agree to our League procedures and to appear on time and in person — whether virtual meetings or physical meetings (“in real life” at physical venues).

Only candidates who have been certified to have their names printed on the ballot may participate in a League forum, specifically, those certified by the

PWM will also organize and/or provider moderation services — when our capacity allows — for neighboring jurisdictions or sister Leagues when they agree to abide by our League policies and procedures.  A modest honorarium is sometimes requested. For more information, contact President@lwvofpwm.org

In all forums, our PWM League has a “No Empty Chair” policy — which means that for any contested seat, at least two candidates must appear for the forum or it will be canceled.  PWM policy aligns with the LWV of NYS and the LWV of US policies — as a matter of maintaining strict nonpartisanship.

The PWM Voter Services Team

Our team members strictly follow our Voter Services policies and procedures for candidate forums and maintaining nonpartisan processes.  There are many roles for volunteers, some require a handful of hours during forums, others 5-10 hours for a specific month. Moderators receive advanced training.

If you would consider helping serve our communities in this critical role, please email President@lwvofpwm.org

Upcoming & Recent Forums*

*(TBD around contested election and candidate agreement to procedures)

Board of Education forums for Port Washington & Manhasset, North Shore, Carle Place, Great Neck — before 3rd Tuesday in May election/budget vote

Library forums for Port Washington & Manhasset: April

Special District forums for Port Washington & Manhasset: before 2nd Tuesday in December
Garbage, Parks, Police, Sewer, Water

2023 October Forums

DateOfficeCandidates AgreedComment
Oct 2Glen Cove MayorGeorge Maragos & Pamela Panzenbeck
Oct 12Nassau County District 10Mazi Melesa Pilip & Weihua YanEmpty Chair: only Yan agreed
Oct 12Nassau County District 11Delia DeRiggi Whitton & John Stalzer
Oct 12Town of North Hempstead District 4James Gounaris & Christine Liu
Oct 12Town of North Hempstead District 6Mariann Dalimonte & David Franklin
Oct 16Great Neck LibrarySara Rivka Khodadadian, Aliza Reicher, Scott Sontag
Oct 19ToNH SupervisorJennifer DeSena & Jon Kaiman
Oct 19ToNH Receiver of TaxesMary Jo Collins & Veronica Lurvey
Oct 25Glen Cove City CouncilGrady Farnan, Danielle Fugazy Scagliola, Roni Sue Jenkins, Michael Ktistakis, Kevin Maccarone, Jack Mancusi. Joseph Manfredi. Barbara Peebles, Theresa Pergola, Marsha Silverman, Joanne Yee, John Zozzaro

2022-2023 Forums

DateOfficeCandidates AgreedComment
Aug 8, 2022US Congress Primary — District 4
Aug 11US Congress Primary — District 3
Aug 23NYS Senate Primary — DIstrict 7
Oct 6Great Neck Library
Oct 13US Congress — District 3
Oct 13NYS Senate District 7
Oct 13NYS Assembly District 15
Oct 20NYS Assembly District 15Empty Chair - No ShowRuka Anzai was no show
Nov 29PW Police
Dec 6PW Garbage
Mar 19, 2023Mayor, Roslyn Estates
May 2Board of Education, Rockville Center
May 4Board of Education, Carle PlaceNot video-ed at Candidate request
May 10Board of Education, Manhasset
May 7Board of Education, Great NeckEmpty Chair - no agreementDidn't agree to rules or participate: Niloufar Tabari & Aili Zhang


Whether you have a few hours during election season (or much more), whether you know voter engagement is something you care about (or you want to try it out), or whether whether you just want to be part of a team focused on building community in our PWM area and “Making Democracy Work” — we’d love to hear from you.