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Linda Kabot to face opposition in Southampton Town supervisor GOP primary
Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot will make a run at the Republican nomination for her old job, but won’t be alone in going for her party’s endorsement.
Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan, also a Republican, said Monday she will interview with the Southampton Republican screening committee when it meets next month.
Kabot welcomed more contenders. She said the GOP should support a strong challenger to incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and not give her a “pass” like they did two years ago.
“I’m a proven vote-getter, a seasoned campaigner,” Kabot said. Committee members should vote for those “who they believe are in it to win it.”
Kabot said she was miffed two years ago when the Republican Party didn’t field a candidate against Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member who was also endorsed by Democrats.
Kabot, 45, waged a write-in campaign and received a third of the vote.
Kabot said she would reluctantly wage a primary “if there’s not a serious, viable candidate.”
Kabot has sometimes been at odds with the party establishment, going back to when she defeated then-Republican Supervisor Skip Heaney in a primary in 2007. In 2009, as sitting supervisor, Kabot lost a race against Throne-Holst while facing a trial on charges of driving while intoxicated; a jury delivered a not-guilty verdict three months after the election.
Kiernan, 44, said she has experience with Southampton’s financial workings in her job collecting taxes.
She said she is not related to Lt. James Kiernan, a former supervisor of the controversial Street Crimes, but called him “a good friend of mine.” James Kiernan is a Southampton Republican Committee member.
Kabot predicted the police department’s turmoil would be an issue in the race.
“There has been an erosion of trust in Southampton government, particularly the police department,” she said.
Councilman Jim Malone, a conservative, said Monday he is keeping his options open — including the possibility of running for supervisor and seeking the GOP nod.
Throne-Holst did not return a call for comment.