Republican Southampton Town Supervisor candidate Linda Kabot has launched a new initiative called “Southampton Now.” This independent nominating petition drive is similar to the effort that she undertook in 2007 and 2009 under the name of “Integrity Party.”
“The Election Day ballot line-up of candidates in Southampton Town should not be controlled by up-island political party bosses engaging in back-room deals,” said Kabot. “Let the people who live here in Southampton Town decide who best represents their interests. I am urging voters to help stop special interests, put an end to petty political bickering, and take back the town.”
Kabot said that any registered voter can sign the petition to assist in this grass-roots effort and can also assist with collecting the signatures of family members and neighbors who are enrolled voters. She said that her team will be campaigning door-to-door through August 18 to collect over 1000 signatures on this Independent Nominating Petition, which has an August 20th submission deadline at the Board of Elections.
Under New York State Election Law, a candidate can obtain a separate line on the ballot by obtaining at least 928 valid signatures of enrolled voters in the Town of Southampton through a Independent Nominating Petition process. For the signatures to be valid, the signers must not have signed any other designating petition this year for the supervisor and town council candidates in the Town of Southampton. Voters can be enrolled with any political party affiliation or can be unaffiliated with any political party.
Kabot and her campaign supporters have been circulating independent petitions under the banner of “Southampton Now” to support not only her candidacy for supervisor, but also to support the candidacy of Stan Glinka and Jeff Mansfield for town council and Ray Overton for trustee. Republican candidates Glinka and Mansfield have received the Conservative cross-endorsement for the two open town council seats. Republican trustee candidate Ray Overton also has secured the authorization to be designated on the Conservative line. Kabot is seeking the Conservative designation for supervisor directly from enrolled Conservative voters on Primary Day, September 10 by write-in.
In June, the Conservative Party endorse Glinka and Mansfield but did not endorse either Kabot or incumbent supervisor Anna Throne-Holst—an Independence Party member with the support of the Democratic Party—for town supervisor.