The race for East Hampton Town Supervisor was essentially sewn up the moment Larry Cantwell, the former East Hampton Village administrator, announced his candidacy. And while we believe in the Democratic process, preferring contested races for the public dialogue they inherently create, East Hampton residents can breathe easy knowing Cantwell will lead the East Hampton Town Board come January. The leadership this thoughtful and knowledgeable candidate has shown in East Hampton Village is undeniable and we are excited to see his talent come to town government.
In the town board race, a diverse group of candidates with varied levels of experience makes for difficult choices. The lone incumbent is Dominick Stanzione, running with the support of the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties. Stanzione helped steer the town on a corrective financial course, and for that-among numerous other accomplishments- he deserves credit. Job Potter, a Democrat and former town board member, brings vast preservation experience to the table and his focus on issues like affordable housing, water quality and how the town board should properly engage the public have been welcome dialogues.
It is Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, however, a Democrat from Springs with nine years of school board experience who we believe is the best fit for the town board. As a member of the Springs School Board, two years its president, Burke-Gonzalez knows well the town’s critical need for programming and services and understands the impact each line item has on taxpayers. She has our endorsement for East Hampton Town Board.
We also endorse Republican candidate Fred Overton, whose vast experience as town assessor and clerk make him an ideal candidate for town board. Non political, supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, it is Overton’s willingness to compromise but ability to stand up for what he believes in that earns him our support next Tuesday.