Spaghetti Brings Voters and Candidates Together

By Wilenie Sepulveda, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 8, 2016

An event in Syracuse where people are brought together by food no matter what candidate they're rooting for. Video produced by (c) 2016 Wilenie Sepúlveda.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)- The 67th Annual Election Day Spaghetti Supper was held in the Catholic Academy at Our Lady of Pompeii church. This fundraising event was started by the Mom’s Club in order to feed the poll workers when the school was a polling spot and, at the same time, to raise some money to help students with some extras that tuition didn’t cover. Even though it is not a polling place anymore, people have kept the tradition of coming in to have spaghetti every election day.

Today, politicians from different parties where spotted grabbing plates , including:

  • Stephanie Miner, Syracuse Mayor (Democrat)
  • John Katko, Incumbent U.S. Representative for the 24th district (Republican)
  • Colleen Deacon, Challenger for U.S. Representative for the 24th district (Democrat)

The crowd feasted on a traditional Italian menu:

  • Spaghetti with meatballs
  • Garlic bread
  • Salad
  • Dessert

Over 100 members of the community, parishioners and parents worked as volunteers at the event, not only today, but also on prior days when they all had to roll 5,747 meat balls and prepare 200 gallons of sauce.

Attendees were able to enjoy the food, raffles and live Italian music, regardless of their political preferences.


Stephanie Mine, Mayor of Syracuse Tweeted about the event.


Food being served at the Spaghetti Supper (c) 2016 Wilenie Sepúlveda