Incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst — a member of the Independence Party — accepts the Southampton Town Democratic Party’s endorsement last Thursday night.
By Kathryn G. Menu
Incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst — a Sag Harbor resident — has earned her third nomination to run for supervisor under the Southampton Town Democratic Party banner.
Throne-Holst, a member of the Independence Party, will be joined on the ticket by running mates Brad Bender and Frank Zappone, who earned nominations to run for town council during the Southampton Town Democratic Party’s nominating convention Thursday night.
Zappone is Throne-Holst’s deputy supervisor. Bender ran with the supervisor in 2011, losing to Councilwoman Christine Scalera.
Throne-Holst will face former Supervisor Linda Kabot, endorsed last week by the town’s Republican Committee, for the third time. Bender and Zappone will face Bridgehampton resident Jeffrey Mansfield and Hampton Bays resident Stanley Glinka in their quest for a seat on the Southampton Town Board.
Incumbent highway superintendent Alex Gregor also received the party’s endorsement Thursday. Gregor, a member of the Independence Party, was first elected four years ago and has come under fire for disagreements with the town board, including over a project to implement traffic calming on Noyac Road just out of Sag Harbor.
Gregor will face David Betts of North Sea.
In a cross endorsement, the Democratic Party supported incumbent town clerk Sundy Schermeyer for another term in office. Schermeyer is a registered Republican and received her party’s nod last week.
According to Southampton Town Democratic Party Chairman Gordon Herr, the party also endorsed a full five member slate of candidates to run for Southampton Town Trustee positions, including incumbents Fred Havemeyer and Eric Schultz — running for the first time on the Democratic ticket after being shunned by the Republican Party in 2011 for accepting a cross endorsement from the Democratic Party.
They will be joined by Independence Party member Bill Bell, an incumbent, as well as Howard Pickerel and John Bouvier on the Democratic Party’s slate for town trustee.
“We have an experienced slate of town trustee candidates,” said Herr on Tuesday. “Howard Pickerel has been a bayman for 40 years.”
“We think we are running a professional slate of candidates and have every confidence,” he added of the entire slate of nominees.
Independence Party nominees in the town are expected to be announced June 1.