While the town board race in Southampton is contested, with four candidates seeking two seats, the debates have been largely congenial, with Brad Bender, Stan Glinka, Jeff Mansfield and Frank Zappone in agreement on a number of critical issues facing the town. When differing on priorities, knives remained sheathed.
The same cannot be said for the town’s supervisor’s race.
Incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is seeking a third term at the helm of the Southampton Town Board. She has been challenged, once again, by long time rival Linda Kabot.
Kabot is tenacious and sharp as a tack. Her commitment to Southampton Town is undeniable, as is her thirst to return to public service.
That being said, Throne-Holst has proven herself to be a hard working, articulate and effective supervisor over the last two terms.
Throne-Holst’s ability as the town’s financial manager is apparent in her annual budgets, which are lean and cognizant of taxpayer dollars without sapping the town of necessary services. She has tackled critical issues like the reformation of the planned development district law, the creation of new green building codes, and looked at ways to make code enforcement more efficient and effective.
Throne-Holst is also accessible. During both Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy, she proved to be the kind of leader Southampton needed during a time of crisis.
For all of these reasons, and more, we endorse the incumbent supervisor for a third term.
For town board, all four candidates showed incredible promise, and each brought much to the table as individual candidates. However, it is Zappone, the town’s deputy supervisor, who truly stood out with a clear and concise agenda, thoroughly researched, that we wholeheartedly support. Zappone has our endorsement above the rest.
Glinka, Mansfield and Bender are all worthy candidates, but it is Mansfield who earns our second endorsement. As an active member of the Bridgehampton community, we have seen first hand the level of commitment he brings to each and every project he tackles. We believe he will be a great asset if elected to the Southampton Town Board.