As things begin to heat up in the rather short time frame before the September Democratic primary, the declared candidates are making themselves available for in-home meet and greets. (Later the neighborhood associations will be hosting debates as well.) Given that none of the candidates is exactly a household name on the East Side, this is clearly an important ﬁrst step in their respective candidacies. We urge our readers to check out as many of the opportunities to meet them as possible so you can ask your own questions and form your own opinions. The City has made some important strides but is a long way from being out of the woods. So, go forth. Meet and greet. Even eat (since there are often some munchies at these events). Then, let’s compare notes as the season goes on.