According to Southampton Town Republican Party Chairman Ernest Wruck, the GOP will not put a candidate up against incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst (Ind.) in this November’s town wide election.
“The feeling was that we did not have a viable candidate,” Wruck said in an interview this past Tuesday.
The party struggled to find a candidate to replace current Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who was formally nominated to run against Throne-Holst by his party at the GOP Nominating Convention in May. However — after three weeks of mulling it over — Nuzzi declined the nomination.
“I believe there is no such thing as proceeding forward without being 100 percent committed,” Nuzzi wrote in a statement shortly after Wruck announced the councilman would not seek the supervisor’s spot. “After much thought and consideration, and based upon the current needs of family, I am reaffirming my decision to not run for supervisor at this time.”
“I would rather not discuss the process,” Wruck continued in response to whether or not the GOP had actually conducted interviews for the position. “My thought was that if we did not have a serious candidate, it was going to hurt the process.”
Incumbent Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst is now running unopposed for reelection this November.
Instead of bolstering a candidate the party was not 100 percent behind, Wruck said the party has refocused its attention to its candidates for town board: Bill Hughes and Christine Preston Scalera. Neither Hughes, a retired Southampton Town police officer, nor Preston Scalera, an attorney, has served as an elected member of the board before.
The GOP ticket will be up against current councilwoman Bridget Fleming (Dem.) who is running for reelection, and newcomer Brad Bender (Ind.).
In addition to Fleming’s spot on the town board, councilwoman Nancy Graboski’s seat will be up in November. However, after several years serving the town, Graboski will not run for reelection.