The Southeast Queens Host Committee was organized to alert candidates and elected officials to the community's needs, and give them an opportunity to address these needs, via candidate forums.  The committee consists of a diverse group of people from the community and is not affiliated with any political party or organization. It includes residents of various backgrounds, nationalities, religious beliefs, and economic statuses. Among its members are public school teachers, accountants, attorneys, college and law students, parents, and other concerned citizens.