Carole Campolo, the secretary of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, is considering running for town supervisor.
“I haven’t made up my mind,” said Ms. Campolo, when asked if she would be carrying nominating petitions to get on the ballot. “I don’t know whether I’m interested or not.”
Ms. Campolo, formerly a liberal Democrat from New York City who changed her party affiliation in 1994, has experience in finance. She spent almost two decades working as the deputy executive director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board. She supervised up to 70 staff and consultants and her responsibilities included management of administration and budget, audit and accounting, candidate services and records management departments. She retired from that post in 2007.
The East Hampton Town Republican Committee has no apparent candidate for supervisor to challenge Democratic nominee Larry Cantwell. Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman was offered the nomination, but he declined. The party then tried to court Town Clerk Fred Overton, currently a candidate for Town Board on the Republican ticket and Planning Board Vice Chairwoman Nancy Keeshan, but to no avail.
Kurt Kappel, the chairman of the party, didn’t return a call seeking comment. Republican Supervisor Bill Wilkinson supported Ms. Campolo’s interest in the job.
“I think Carole considering running for elected office is very encouraging not only to the Republican Party but to the people in East Hampton,” he said. “She’s a competent, well-spoken, fiscally conservative person, and I think she’s a great asset to the Town of East Hampton.
Asked if she thinks her party will endorse her, Ms. Campolo said, “I would hope so.”