Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot will challenge Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst for the town’s chief executive seat this fall, the third time the two have faced each other at the polls.
Ms. Kabot recieved the unanimous nomination of the Southampton Town Republican Party on Tuesday night, after the only other person to have screened with the party for the supervisor’s post, James Sanford, withdrew his name from consideration earlier in the day.
Ms. Kabot’s running mates on the GOP ticket will be a pair of political newcomers: Hampton Bays resident Stan Glinka and Jeff Mansfield, who were nominated as the candidates for the two Town Council seats on the ballot in November. Mr. Glinka is a banker for Bridgehampton National Bank. He is a Southampton native. Mr. Mansfield is a former financier who lives in Bridgehampton.
Mr. Glinka, 43, and Mr. Mansfield, 48, will be looking to keep the two seats in the GOP’s corner after the departure of Republican Councilman Chris Nuzzi and Conservative Party Councilman Jim Malone, who both gave farewell speaches on Tuesday to the party that had shepherded them into public office.
Mr. Nuzzi, who is prevented from seeking re-election by the town’s two-term limit, is running for a seat on the County Legislature. Mr. Malone chose not to seek election to a second term because he will begin an MBA program in New York City later this year.
Also on the GOP ticket will be David Betts, currently the town’s chief code enforcement officer, who got the party’s nomination for Highway Superintendent. He will challenge current Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor and, possibly, a third candidate, for the post, which was held by GOP member William Masterson for 20 years prior to Mr. Gregor’s election in 2009.
Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer recieved the party’s nomination for re-election and is not expected to have a challenger in the election.
The party nominated four candidates for the Town Trustees race: incumbent Ed Warner Jr., Scott Horowitz, Ray Overton and Cornelius Kelly. There are five Town Trustees seats up for election. Republican incumbent Jon Semlear declined to seek re-election to an 11th term on the Trustees, where he has served for 20 years. In his farewell speech he implored the party leadership and the newly nominated candidates to focus their campaign on their own qualifications, rather than the shortcomings of their opponents.
“In other words,” Mr. Semlear said, “keep it positive.”