Southampton Democrats picked Brad Bender and Frank Zappone to run for town council and formally nominated Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst for re-election at their nominating convention, setting up a spirited town election.
The nominating convention, held Thursday night, means Throne-Holst and Republican nominee and former supervisor Linda Kabot will be engaging in a third election fight in November.
Throne-Holst, meanwhile, is seeking close allies on the board.
Zappone, a Democrat, is the town’s deputy supervisor. Bender, who like Throne-Holst is an Independence Party member, ran for town council in 2011.
Throne-Holst said it’s “absolutely crucial” to get the ticket elected. “I certainly look forward to have a majority,” she said, while touting her accomplishments in the minority.
On the Republican side, Stanley Glinka of Hampton Bays and Jeffrey Mansfield of Bridgehampton received endorsements for town council.
For highway superintendent, Republicans nominated David Betts of North Sea to challenge incumbent Alex Gregor, an Independence Party member. Betts is the town’s code enforcement director. Democrats endorsed Gregor, according to Gordon Herr, chairman of the Southampton Democratic Party.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misidentified candidate Frank Zappone.