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Southampton GOP continues search for supervisor candidate

Former Southampton Supervisor Linda Kabot.

Former Southampton Supervisor Linda Kabot. Credit: Handout

After failing to field a candidate for supervisor on the ballot two years ago, Southampton Republicans interviewed two candidates for the job last week and plan to hold another round of screenings April 30.

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, an Independence Party member who has run on the Democratic line in past elections, is up for re-election for the Town of Southampton’s top  post.

The Southampton GOP last week interviewed two potential supervisor candidates, including former Supervisor Linda Kabot, who as an incumbent was defeated by Throne-Holst in 2009.

She waged an unsuccessful write-in campaign in 2011 after Republicans had no supervisor candidate on their line. Businessman James Sanford of Sag Harbor also interviewed for the post.

Bill Wright, chairman of the Southampton Republican Party, said, “We will put a Republican-Conservative candidate up for supervisor.”

Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who can’t run for re-election this year because of term limits, said in an interview he is considering whether to run for supervisor, to run for a legislative seat or sit out this election. Nuzzi, a Republican, has four young children.

Wright said Republicans interviewed 17 candidates on Wednesday for supervisor, town council, highway superintendent and town trustee.

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