Zachary Cohen — the Democrat who came within 15 votes of becoming East Hampton Town supervisor two years ago — decided over the weekend not to run for the post again this fall. So East Hampton Village Administrator Larry Cantwell was widely expected to be chosen to run for the town’s top elected position at the Democratic nominating convention Wednesday night in Amagansett.
Cohen sent an email to Democratic Party officials informing them of his decision, clearing the way for Cantwell. Cantwell already has been named as the Independence Party candidate for supervisor.
Former two-term town supervisor and current county Legislator Jay Schneiderman — a former Republican who now runs on the Independence Party line — was also mentioned as a supervisor candidate but decided earlier this year not to run for the post.
The actions bring a clarity to the local races in East Hampton, where some potential candidates screened with both Republicans and Democrats.
East Hampton Democratic chairwoman Jeanne Frankl said Wednesday she expected to have a full slate of candidates nominated, and that Cohen was likely to be one of the people selected to run for town board.
Four potential Democrats have been discussed to run for the two open town board seats in November. Because the supervisor is also on the five-member town council, political control of East Hampton can change every two years.