Lots of energy and excitement following the recent election gains for democrats in the Town of Clinton and Dutchess County.  Here is a summary of the November Dems Club meeting

Special Guests

We were honored to have Stephanie Bonk and Barney Calame attend our meeting. They are both running for the Fire Commissioner position in the East Clinton Fire District. They both discussed what led to their decisions to run for this position, and the things they would like to accomplish if elected. We had many questions from those in attendance. It was a great opportunity to meet two fine people that care about our community and the fire district. 

If you have any additional questions for these candidates, please contact Michael Whitton ( and he will put you in touch with them.

The Elections for both fire districts will be held on December 12th, from 6pm to 9pm, at their respective fire stations:
West Clinton Fire District (WCFD), firehouse located at 219 Hollow Rd, Staatsburg, NY

East Clinton Fire District (ECFD), firehouse located at Firehouse Lane, Clinton Corners, NY

Election Recap

The Clinton Democratic Club is extremely pleased with the results of the recent election. Christi Acker won a decisive victory in her Supreme Court race. As the absentee ballots are being counted, it appears that Robin Lois is extending her lead, and will win the County Comptroller race. Our own Joel Tyner won by 469 votes! That number is likely to rise with absentee votes. Michael Whitton became the first Democrat on the Clinton Town Board in many years. Finally, the Clinton Town Library proposition was overwhelmingly approved.

However, the real story is the victory we ALL share. These victories are the result of a giant team effort by the Clinton Democrats and Indivisibles. In fact, let’s look at some of the past off year voter turnout numbers as compared to this election.

In 2013, there were 1167 ballots cast in Clinton. In 2015, there were 983 ballots cast in Clinton. This year, 1343 people cast a ballot in Clinton. That is a 15% increase from 2013, and a 35%(!!!) increase from 2015. This is the direct result of our incredible GOTV efforts and having great candidates on the ballot. Our efforts are working. 

Firearms Safety

Individuals at Risk Should Not Have Access to Guns:
Support NY’s ERPO Bill

Johanna Whitton presented information about The Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Law which enables family, household members, and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend the individual’s access to firearms. These laws have proven to be an effective way to reduce mass shootings,  suicides by firearm, domestic gun violence,  and other gun deaths and injuries.

Please support this crucial ERPO legislation
by signing the petition now.

Please contact Johanna ( if you are interested in:

  • Receiving more information about the ERPO Bill

  • The electronic version of the petition that you can print & carry around with you everywhere you go

  • Joining the Dutchess County Chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence