The Finger Lakes Times announced the new and re-elected members of the 24-member City Democratic Committee in an article on October 27. Paul Passavant, chair of the department of political science, was reelected vice chairman of the Committee.
Passavant joined the faculty in 1997 after receiving his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his B.A., with distinction and high honors, from the University of Michigan. His primary areas of expertise are law and politics, American institutions and socio-political theory. He has had two books published: No Escape: Freedom of Speech and the Paradox of Rights (NYU Press, 2002), and Empire’s New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri (Routledge, 2004, co-edited with Professor Jodi Dean).
The article announcing the members appears below.
Finger Lakes Times
Democrats elect new leaders
David L. Shaw • October 27, 2008
GENEVA – Dominick E. Vedora is now at the helm of the 24-member City Democratic Committee.
And Judith K. Baker of Canandaigua is the new chairwoman of the Ontario County Democratic Committee.
The elections of Vedora and Baker occurred at party reorganization meetings Sept. 29.
Those meetings were required within 20 days of the primary election. Next year, it will be the Republicans’ turn to reorganize their city and county committees.
Vedora takes over for Eileen M. Buckley, who changes places with Vedora and becomes the committee treasurer.
Vedora became a Democratic committee member in 1982. He became treasurer in 1988 and also became treasurer of the Ontario County Democratic Committee in 1992.
He is a retired union bricklayer and self-employed contractor.
Paul Passavant was reelected vice chairman and Larry Campbell returns as secretary.
“My goal is to elect qualified Democrats to public office, then fill vacancies on the committee with good people and to unify the party,” Vedora said. “There was some division last year over our endorsement process that I’d like to see healed.”
He said the city committee, and the county committee, could use more money, but neither is in debt.
At the county level, Baker was elected to a two-year term as party chairwoman. She was appointed to the position in April when Charles Evangelista of Geneva resigned.
Baker is a retired federal government employee who works part-time at the Canandaigua library. She moved to Canandaigua in 1999.
She joined the Canandaigua city and Ontario County Democratic Committee in 2002, serving in various offices. She was vice chairwoman when Evangelista resigned and she took over.
Other county committee officers are Mary Luckern, Geneva, vice chairwoman; Joseph Kardesh, Canandaigua, secretary; and Vedora, treasurer.
Kardesh takes over for Christopher Costello.
“I hope to build the party through the committees, trying to establish more of a presence in areas where we aren’t well organized or active,” Baker said. “I also want to help the party recruit good committee members and candidates for office. Next year will be a local election year.”
She said just under half the county committee’s 184 seats are now filled, and she wants to improve those numbers, work on growing party enrollment and raise some money to run campaigns.
There are 19,301 Democrats in Ontario County, compared to 26,809 Republicans.
In Geneva, there are 3,185 Democrats and 1,677 Republicans.
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