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Virtual fundraiser in Support of Spiros Mantzavinos for Delaware State Senate

The National Herald

Spiros Mantzavinos, candidate for Delaware State Senate with his family, (left to right) daughter Katherine, Spiros, wife Megan, daughter Sophia, and Pepper the dog. (Photo: Courtesy of Spiros Mantzavinos campaign)

WILMINGTON, DE – A virtual fundraiser in support of Greek-American candidate Spiros Mantzavinos will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3, 7 PM. Mantzavinos is a Democrat running for the Delaware State Senate in the 7th Senate District.

The event features special guest speakers American Hellenic Institute President Nick Larigakis and Manatos & Manatos President Mike Manatos who will discuss issues important to the Greek-American community relating to the Patriarchate and the Eastern Mediterranean.

The grandson of immigrants from Cephalonia, Mantzavinos is running against a first term Republican in a State Senate District with a Democratic registration advantage of nearly two-to-one and a district which is ranked as a top “flippable” state legislative district nationwide.

For nearly 30 years, he has been active in Delaware Democratic politics, working on state and local campaigns. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff to State Auditor Kathy Kramedas McGuiness, the first Greek-American elected statewide in Delaware.

Additionally, Mantzavinos has worked to advance Hellenic causes as well. Most recently, in 2019 he introduced Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Senator Chris Coons to Greek-American leaders attending the 35th Annual Hellenic Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. In 2017, Mantzavinos moderated a panel discussion during the 16th Annual Conference on the Future of Hellenism in America. Currently, he is a member of the American Hellenic Institute – Delaware Chapter and is a past president of AHEPA Chapter #95.

Mantzavinos has also been active in his parish of Holy Trinity in Wilmington. Since 2004, he has served as a Parish Council Member (Parish Council President 2009-2010) and is currently a GOYA Advisor, GOYA basketball coach, and a long-time leader in the Parish’s Annual Greek Festival. He also taught Sunday School to middle school age children.

He earned his MA from the University of Delaware and holds a BA in economics and political science from Muhlenberg College.

Protecting health care, standing up for economic fairness, preserving the environment, and focusing on education are among the top issues Mantzavinos plans to address as State Senator. He also plans on being a “full-time legislator,” according to his website, noting his belief that “public service is only about serving the public,” and “as a full-time State Senator, his only job will be to serve and be responsive to his constituents and the District’s needs.”

More information about the fundraiser on June 3 is available online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/greeksvirtual.

More information about Spiros Mantzavinos and his campaign is also available online: https://spiros4statesenate.com.