Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Lee Zeldin for his 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November, has picked up two key East End endorsements.
Incumbent Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc of East Hampton and new Shelter Island Supervisor Gerard Siller, both Democrats, announced their support of her candidacy on Monday.
Ms. Fleming was elected to her third term as a county legislator in 2019 and served as a Southampton Town Board member before that.
“I’m thrilled to have Supervisors Van Scoyoc and Siller join our growing team in my race for Congress,” Ms. Fleming said in a press release. “They’re champions for their towns, and it’s been a privilege to work with them to deliver for our mutual constituencies.
“These supervisors know the importance of strong representation in Washington — the need for a fighter who cares more about our communities’ everyday needs than the partisan politics of Washington,” she continued. “And they know that the number-one priority has to be defeating Lee Zeldin. I’m honored they believe I give our party the best chance to do that.”
“I’m proud to endorse Bridget’s candidacy because she understands the many challenges we face, and will be the champion we need in Congress, said Mr. Van Scoyoc, who described her as “a staunch advocate for the East End.”
“Bridget Fleming’s fought for Shelter Island’s residents since she was elected to the legislature,” said Mr. Siller. “Bridget will take her advocacy for the environment and for protecting our healthcare to the next level when we send her to Washington, and I’m excited to work with her then too.”
Ms. Fleming is joined by Perry Gershon, who lost to Mr. Zeldin in 2018, and Nancy Goroff, the chairwoman of the Stony Brook University Chemistry Department, in seeking the Democratic nomination for the right to face Mr. Zeldin. The primary is in June.