Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot announced this week that she plans to once again seek the Republican nomination for her old seat in the coming election.
“Encouraged by the many enthusiastic responses that I have received to my recent letter sent to prior supporters to inquire if I should run for Town Supervisor in this year’s election, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring,” Ms. Kabot wrote in a letter to her friends and supporters, and posted on her personal website on Monday. “I consider myself to be a proven leader who has accomplished great things for the people of Southampton Town.”
Earlier this month, Ms. Kabot had circulated a letter asking supporters whether she should enter the supervisor fray.
The Southampton Town Republican Party will begin screening for the dozen local seats that are up for election in November beginning in April, and GOP Chairman William Wright has said that Ms. Kabot is welcome to screen.
A number of names have also been mentioned as possible choices for the Republican supervisor’s line, including current Town Councilmen Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone, and Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan. Incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member, is expected to secure both the Democratic and Independence lines.
Ms. Kabot and the Republican Party have had a rocky relationship since she entered town politics in the late 1990s, first as former Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio’s legislative aide, then through six years as a councilwoman and two as town supervisor. In 2007, she forced a divisive Republican Party primary election against then-incumbent Supervisor Patrick Heaney, and unseated the longtime party favorite.
Even though she was the incumbent supervisor in 2009, the party’s nominating committee declined to nominate her as their supervisor candidate—as they had once done to Mr. Cannuscio. That year, Ms. Kabot’s reelection campaign suffered a major setback when she was arrested and charged with DWI in Westhampton Beach. She was acquitted of the charge following a jury trial in February 2011.
Later that year and after Mr. Nuzzi declined the GOP’s supervisor nomination, leaving the party without a candidate on the ballot, Ms. Kabot mounted a last-minute write-in campaign and received some 3,000 hand-written votes, though she still lost to Ms. Throne-Holst.