Manlius Democrats Candidate Forum

The Manlius Democratic Committee announces that it will hold an open meeting and public forum with its local candidates on Tuesday, September 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Manlius Town Hall (301 Brooklea Drive Fayetteville, NY). Participants will include County Legislature candidate for the 10th District Mark Matt, and Manlius Town Board candidates John Deer, Elaine Denton, Katelyn Kriesel, and Heather Allison Waters. Child-care will be provided, please email with the number of children and their ages before attending. The forum will be live-streamed and recorded. The candidates’ info and platform are available on

About the Candidates

Matt narrowly lost his race in 2017, and is running again as a “neighbor, not a professional politician, working to increase transparency in Onondaga County.” Deer “knows the importance of having experience in technology in an era of municipality hacks.” Denton owns a graphic design business and lends her expertise to
the Dems’ visual communications, sharing: “when people see the pie chart that shows we have more registered Democrats than Republicans in the Town of Manlius, they are surprised.” Waters is a fundraiser, grant-writer, and mediator who calls herself a “collaborator for smart growth.” Kriesel entered the race when Councilor Giordano retired mid-term and is a Financial Advisor at Hansen’s Advisory Services and founder of the Sustainable Economies Alliance. Says Kriesel, “municipalities like ours should be receiving the economic benefits of renewable energy.”

Encouraging Participation in 2019

There are compelling reasons to get to know candidates and vote this fall. Early voting will be available for the first time in New York State October 26-November 3, and election day is November 5. The registration deadline is October 11. Those who win the 2019 election will be governing with the new population information provided by the 2020 Census. Most services that impact residents on a daily basis are provided by the Town or Onondaga County.