Lys Earns Democratic Committee Support Over Gruber

East Hampton Town Board member David Lys responding to a question during the Express Sessions - "Parking in Sag Harbor" at the American Hotel earlier this year. Michael Heller photo

The East Hampton Democrats voted Friday to support the candidacy of David Lys as the party candidate for a special election this November for a one-year term on the East Hampton Town Board. He was nominated over David Gruber, an East Hampton attorney with a long political history with town Democrats.

In January, Mr. Lys — an East Hampton native and local business owner who began serving on the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals in 2013 — was appointed to the town board to fill the seat left vacant with the election of Peter Van Scoyoc to the position of supervisor. His appointment was opposed by one board member, Jeffrey Bragman, although Mr. Bragman stood by Mr. Lys’ side with the rest of the town board when he announced he would seek his first elected term last month.

On Monday, Mr. Lys said he would likely screen for support from the Conservative, Independence and Working Families parties. He said he did not intend to screen in front of town Republicans.

“I am excited to pursue my first elected term as someone who grew up here, as someone who is raising children here and as a local business owner,” said Mr. Lys, who has four young girls with his wife, Rachel Lys, and operates two businesses, Weekend Warriors Tours and Outfitters and East Hampton Physical Therapy in Montauk.

Election day is November 6.