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June 19, 2013

Independence Party Announces Southampton Candidates


The Southampton Town Independence Party announced its endorsed candidates for this year's election last Friday.

The party chair for the town, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, introduced the candidates, which include a mix of its own registered members (four), as well as Democrats (four) and Republicans (three).

"This year we had a large pool of great candidates who screened with our committee," Thiele said. "I am thrilled to present a very experienced, knowledgeable, and diverse group of candidates who I know, will lead Southampton Town on a great path."

For the town board, the party endorsed two of its own with Anna Throne-Holst (I-Noyac) for supervisor and Brad Bender (I-Northampton) for town council.

"I am truly honored to run on the ticket for Southampton Town Board with a stellar Council slate that genuinely represents Public Service, not politics," said Throne-Holst. "Our multi party affiliation also reinforces our commitment to representing all constituents regardless of who they are, where they live, what their need or party affiliation might be."

Bender was the running mate of Throne-Holst and Councilwoman Bridget Fleming in 2011. He lost out to Republican Councilwoman Christine Scalera.

"As a known community leader, it's not about being on the left or right," Bender said. "It's about serving the public."

The party also endorsed Democrat (and current Deputy Supervisor) Frank Zappone for the second town council seat on the ballot.

"I am proud to stand with the other candidates nominated by the Independence Party," said Zappone. "We represent a group of men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to the same goal- serving the public."

For County Legislator, Jay Schneiderman, a registered Independence Party member, was endorsed by his party. He is being challenged by Republican Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who has hit his term limit.

"I am running on my record of accomplishment for the South Fork," Schneiderman said. "I am pleased to run alongside such a qualified slate of candidates."

Republican Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer received the nomination from the Independence Party. She is running unchallenged in her bid for re-election.

"Fred Thiele has always been an advocate in the Assembly for issues facing the Town Clerk's Office and now as the Southampton Independence Party Chairman, I appreciate his party's support for my nomination to run for a third term as Southampton's Town Clerk," Schermeyer said.

Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor, an Independence Party member, received a nomination from his party as well as from the Democats. He's being challenged by Republican-endorsed candidate David Betts.

"I look forward to continuing the work I have undertaken to improve the road system for the residents of Southampton Town," Gregor said.

The Independence Party has endorsed four candidates for five trustee seats. Of the four picked, there are two incumbents: Bill Pell, an Independence Party member, and Eric Shultz, a Democrat. Also receiving Independence nods are Scott Horowitz, an East Quogue Republican, who is making his second consecutive run for trustee, and Howard Pickerell, of North Sea, a Democrat.

Emily@indyeastend.com

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