East Quogue Boasts Only Contested Fire Commissioner Race In Western Southampton Town

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Residents throughout Southampton Town will elect their fire district representatives on Tuesday, December 9, though all but one race in the western part of the town has been decided.

Two first-time candidates, Bob Despres and Jenn Davonski, are seeking the same seat on the five-member East Quogue Fire District Board of Commissioners, in the only contested race. Both are vying for the seat now held by chairman Edmund Densieski, who isn’t seeking reelection. The term is for five years.

Mr. Despres, 68, has been a member of the fire department for 34 years. A current captain, he has also served as the secretary and treasurer of the department for 29 years.

“I’m getting older and I want to be able to contribute still to the fire service,” he said.

Ms. Davonski, 46, has been an EMT for the past 20 years, and now works at the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance. Up until recently, she was a paid lead paramedic with the East Quogue Fire Department and now teaches EMS classes for Suffolk County.

“As I was stepping away from my position in East Quogue, I decided it would be a good time to run,” she said, explaining that she and her husband, Scott, who is also the 1st assistant chief of the fire department, have been talking about it for years.

If elected, Ms. Davonski said she wants to focus on encouraging taxpayers to attend the fire commissioner meetings so they can offer input on budgets and policies.

She started volunteering in the East Moriches Ambulance Company in 1991, and also served as secretary and treasurer of the Flanders Fire Department for eight years.

The election runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the East Quogue Firehouse. Polls will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. in all of the other uncontested races, and ballots can be cast at local firehouses. In Westhampton Beach, voting has been moved to the fire district’s temporary office, 108 Mill Road in the village, due to the ongoing construction of the new firehouse.

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