Several candidates vying for elected offices in Southampton Town will likely face opponents in primary elections in June, if April 8 petition filings are any indication of how the campaigns are shaping up.
A petition tracker provided this week by Nicholas LaLota, a commissioner with the Suffolk County Board of Elections, shows incumbent town supervisor Jay Schneiderman will face Alex Gregor, currently the town superintendent of highways, for the Independence Party line in the June 25 primary. Mr. Schneiderman also filed petitions to run on the Democratic, Working Families and Conservative party lines. If Mr. Gregor, a registered Independent, is successful in the June primary, a three-candidate race would emerge in November with Gregory Robins running as the Republican candidate.
For town board, the Southampton Town Democratic Committee has officially endorsed incumbent Councilman John Bouvier and newcomer Craig Catalanotto. They are both Democrats who have also filed petitions to run on the Working Families party line; Mr. Bouvier has also filed an Independence Party petition. A third candidate, Eileen Duffy, also a Democrat, has set up a primary by filing petitions to run on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines.
Also filing Independence Party petitions were Hannah Pell, a registered Independence Party member, and Charles G. McArdle, a Conservative Party member. Mr. McArdle has been formally endorsed by the Republican Party, along with Richard Martel, a Republican who also filed a Conservative Party petition. Two Southampton Town Board seats are up for grabs, with Christine Scalera, the board’s sole Republican member, unable to run again due to term limits.
Theresa A. Kiernan, the incumbent Republican receiver of taxes, also filed a petition to run on the Conservative Party line. Gordon Herr, who chairs the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, will run as a Democrat and filed a petition to run on the Working Families party line. They both filed petitions for the Independence line, setting up a primary.
For the five trustee seats, incumbent Republicans Ed Warner Jr., the trustees’ president, and Scott Horowitz, the trustees’ secretary and treasurer, will run again with their party’s official endorsement. The Southampton Town Republican Committee has also endorsed Thea Fry, Donald Law and Megan Heckman. Ms. Heckman, Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Law have also filed Conservative and Independence party petitions, and Mr. Warner has also filed a Conservative Party petition.
Also for the trustees, Democratic incumbent Bill Pell and Independent incumbent Ann Welker — who two years ago became the first woman elected as a town trustee — will run again. Mr. Pell also filed an Independence Party petition, and Ms. Welker also filed a Democratic Party petition. Andrew J. Brosnan and David Mayer, both first time candidates who have been endorsed by the town Democratic committee, also filed Independence party petitions. Fred Havemeyer and Eric L. Shultz, both Democrats, have also filed petitions to run on the Democratic and Independence Party lines.
Gary J. Weber, running for reelection as Southampton Town justice, has been officially endorsed by the Southampton Town Republican Committee and has filed petitions to run on the Conservative, Independence and Green Party lines. A Democratic opponent, Brette A. Haefeli, declined a nomination for the seat.
David Betts, the Southampton GOP chairman, said the committee’s platform includes fiscal responsibility, government efficiency and making the town “more user friendly and responsible.”
“All of our candidates bring their own special experience to the voters on Election Day,” Mr. Betts said in an email. “Everything from prior and current elected public office administration, public service to local community service and more … our team has never been stronger with experienced candidates and some new candidates that will be very formidable and great choices.”
Mr. Herr, the Southampton Town Democratic Committee chairman, said in an email, “As the major political party in the Town of Southampton, with a super-majority on the town board, with nearly 2,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans, with an outstanding slate of candidates and with one of the most effective and strongest campaign teams in Suffolk County, I am confident that we will, once again, be successful in the General Elections on November 5.”