The East Hampton Town Republican committee officially nominated Bill Wilkinson earlier this month as the party’s candidate for supervisor in the 2009 election, some 19 months before the voters go to the polls.
On April 10 the party’s nominating committee formally chose Mr. Wilkinson to front its 2009 ticket in a unanimous vote.
Party chairman John Behan said this week that members debated the advisability of making their ?nomination so early but decided ?that it would give the candidate a leg up. The vote, by 37 members of the party, was unanimous.
“We want him to know that we are committed to him being the candidate,” Mr. Behan said this week. “We want him to know he’s not just spinning his wheels in going out and getting involved and taking part in things now.”
Mr. Wilkinson, who narrowly lost to Supervisor Bill McGintee in last fall’s elections, had expressed interest in running for the town’s top post again in recent months as turmoil boiled up at Town Hall over Mr. McGintee’s fiscal management.