Even a screening by Riverhead’s Republican Party has failed to clarify the simplest question in a town election year: Who will be running for supervisor?
After weeks of political hints and closed-door meetings, the official town GOP screening on Thursday night failed to come up with a clear answer, with incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter and town board member James Wooten both still saying they want the job.
Wooten said if the GOP does not nominate him at its May 11 convention, he would like to seek reelection to the town board. A few days earlier he said that if the GOP does not pick him, he might switch parties and run for supervisor as a Democrat.
Republican Supervisor Walter said he will run for reelection even if the Republican party doesn’t choose him. He has raised the possibility of running as a Conservative or on a new line. And lately he has been referring to himself as the “swing vote” on the town board, all of whose members ran on the Republican line.
On the other side of the political aisle, the town’s Democrats have not completed their screenings or scheduled a nominating convention.
Riverhead’s Republicans plan to hold their nominating convention on May 11. If a primary battle breaks out, the choice of candidates will be made by voters — only those registered as Republicans — in the Sept. 13 primary.
Above: Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter