By Kathryn G. Menu
Candidates for supervisor in both East Hampton and Southampton were still awaiting the results of Tuesday night’s primary race as the Suffolk County Board of Elections (BOE) continued to count write-in ballots. Results are expected as early as Thursday or as late as next week, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
In Southampton, one race was decided Tuesday night. In a Working Families primary for highway superintendent, Independence Party member and incumbent highway superintendent Alex Gregor earned 19 votes, staving off a write-in campaign mounted by Republican challenger David Betts, who also carries the support of the Conservative Party.
Betts earned eight write-in votes, according to unofficial results posted by the BOE Tuesday night. Gregor will also carry the Democratic Party line on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.
What is unknown in Southampton at this point is which candidate will carry the Conservative Party line. On Tuesday night, 144 write-in votes were cast in that contest.
The Conservative Party endorsed veteran and columnist Phil Keith last week for the position. Republican supervisor candidate Linda Kabot has also actively sought write in support for the Conservative Party line. The Democratic and Working Families parties have endorsed incumbent supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, a member of the Independence Party who also carried her party’s support.
East Hampton Town also hosted a Republican primary for the supervisor’s race with 67 voters turning out in a contest not expected to be officially decided until next week.
The Republican Party in East Hampton was unable to come up with a viable candidate after Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman declined a formal nomination earlier this year. Republicans opted instead to hold a primary write-in race. Democratic Party candidate Larry Cantwell, who is also supported by the Independence and Working Families parties, has said he will decline the nomination if it is offered to him by voters.
In county-wide races, Suffolk County District Attorney and Democrat Thomas Spota bested his Republican challenger Ray Perini to secure the Republican party nomination, earning 55.7 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted by the BOE. Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, who already has the support of the Conservative Party, secured the Republican Party line over challenger Samuel Barreto. DeMarco earned 67.5 percent of the vote.