2019-04-10 / News

Del. Co. Dems Choose Three To Honor In Midterm Election Year

The annual Delaware County Democrats’ Person of the Year award will be presented to three local residents who were an integral part of the effort to increase voter registration and participation in the 2019 Midterm election, according to a press release issued Monday, April 8 by Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) Chair Kathleen Hayek.

The awards will be given at the party’s annual dinner, being held Thursday, May 2 at Signatures Restaurant at SUNY Delhi.

Hayek announced that Melissa Bennett and Anthony White of Hamden, and Dave Kopecek of Delhi will each receive the award.

Melissa Bennett, a Delaware County resident since 1983, is vice-chair of the DCDC, and a member of the Town of Hamden Democratic Committee. She has a doctorate in entomology and has been a small business owner in Delaware County for thirty years. As volunteer coordinator leading up to the 2018 election, Bennett implemented a countywide Get Out The Vote effort, helped set up and arrange staffing of a Democratic Party storefront office in Delhi, coordinated phone banks and volunteers, and is organizing a Young Dems chapter in Delaware County.

Anthony White, a former financial software engineer, moved to the area in 2008, and works with Bennett in her gardening business, From Root to Shoot. In 2018, his IT and social media promotion skills were employed in the effort to get Democrats elected and increase Democratic registration in Delaware County. He serves as chair of the Hamden Democratic Committee.

Delhi native and tech-based entrepreneur Dave Kopecek returned to Delaware County in 2005 and founded Aisle8, Inc., a web consultancy and hosting company. Since 2014, Kopecek has served as the Delhi Democratic Committee town chair. He is also a New York State (NYS) Democratic Committee member and a member of NYS Democratic Rural Conference. Dave was the creator and organizer of the local Democratic party’s “Every Vote Counts” direct mail campaign, and donated countless hours to developing and maintaining the committee website.

The scheduled keynote speaker is New York State Senator representing District 42 Jen Metzger.

Tickets for the May 2 Democratic Party dinner are available through April 18 - pre-sale only. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online at or through local town democratic committee members.

For more information on the dinner, the program and reservations, contact Mary McKeon at

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