Voters in the Town of Southampton will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast votes for their top candidates for many top positions within the town and county.
Positions to be decided include supervisor, Town Board, Town Trustees, the tax receiver, town justice, county executive and Suffolk County Legislature.
The road leading up to Tuesday’s vote began in February when the parties were required to put forth their slate of candidates. The ensuing process resulted in primaries where people lost the endorsement due to voter turnout, candidates dropping out of the race and parties not supporting candidates because they preferred to help out family members.
Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, a Democratic Party member who is cross endorsed by the Conservative and Working Families parties, is seeking a third two-year term in the top seat.
Mr. Schneiderman is being challenged by Town Highway Superintendent and Independence Party member Alex Gregor, who grabbed the party’s endorsement from Mr. Schneiderman during a primary in June and is endorsed by the Libertarian Party, and Republican candidate Gregory Robins.
Town Board member John Bouvier is seeking reelection to the Town Board. Joining Mr. Bouvier on the Democratic line is Craig Catalanotto. Charles McArdle and Richard Martel, both members of the Republican Party who were endorsed by the Conservative and Working Families, hope to get elected to the two open seats on the Town Board.
Hannah Pell, a member of the Independence Party, also is a candidate for the two board seats.
Ms. Pell’s father, Bill Pell — an Independence Party member who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative and Libertarian parties — has served as a Town Trustee for five two-year terms, and is seeking a sixth term in the position. All five Trustee seats are set to expire at the end of the year.
Joining Mr. Pell on the ballot are incumbents Edward Warner Jr., who is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines; Scott Horowitz, who is a Republican Party member and is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties; and Ann Welker, a member of the Independence Party who is cross-endorsed by the Democratic Party.
Challenging them are Republican candidates Thea Fry, who has the Libertarian Party endorsement; Megan Heckman, who is running under the Conservative and Independence party lines; and Donald Law, who is endorsed by the Conservative, Libertarian and Independence parties.
Democratic candidate Andrew Brosnan is looking to get one of the five open seats on the Board of Trustees, as are Eric Shultz and Fredrick Havemeyer, who are both running on the Libertarian Party line.
David Mayer will appear on the ballot for Trustee as a Democratic Party candidate, but he has dropped out of the race.
In the race for town tax receiver, Republican candidate Theresa Kiernan, who was elected to her post in 2007 and has served three, fouryear terms, is being challenged by Southampton Town Democratic Party Chairman Gordon Herr.
Southampton Town Justice Gary Weber, a Republican, is running unopposed to a second four-year term.
Two candidates are facing off for the Suffolk County Legislature seat for the second district, serving the East End community from Moriches to Montauk and including Shelter Island. Republican Linda Kabot is looking to unseat Democrat Bridget Fleming, who has held the position for the last two terms.
Both contenders are appearing on three lines on the ballot. Ms. Kabot, a Republican, is cross-endorsed by the Conservative and Libertarian parties. Ms. Fleming, a Democrat, is cross-endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties.
Ms. Kabot is a former Southampton Town supervisor, Town Board member and executive assistant to the late Town Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio. Ms. Fleming, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan, also on the Town Board for six years.
County Executive Steven Bellone is seeking reelection to a third, four-year term and is running as a Democratic Party candidate with the endorsement from the Protect the Taxpayer Party. He is challenged by Republican John M. Kennedy Jr. and Libertarian Gregory John Fisher.