Ms. Kabot, who conceded the race, also addressed the party Tuesday night and spoke highly of her results. “Two years ago, I said, ‘You haven’t seen the last of Linda Kabot and I’ll be back,’” she said. “I’m back—and I want to be strong, and I’m a Republican and I’m proud to be a Republican, and I’m proud of this team.”
In other races, Democrat Steve Bellone was elected to the post of Suffolk County executive in a match against Republican Angie Carpenter, according to unofficial results. Mr. Bellone received 130,607 votes, or about 56.6 percent, to Ms. Carpenter’s 100,119, or about 43.4 percent.
“My pledge tonight is that we will take this mandate and do exactly what we promised to do—we will make government more efficient we will make government work, so that we can protect taxpayers in this county,” Mr. Bellone said in a statement.
Ms. Carpenter conceded the race in the early morning hours on Wednesday. “I am still the county treasurer, and I am looking forward to having the chance to work with the new executive, and I have a lot to offer in terms of ideas for how to help the people of the county,” Ms. Carpenter said in a statement.
Incumbent Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman, an Independence Party member, easily defeated Republican challenger Cornelius Kelly. Mr. Schneiderman received 11,260 votes, or about 65.7 percent, to Mr. Kelly’s 5,882 votes, or 34.3 percent. Mr. Kelly said he was “grateful” for the opportunity to run. Mr. Schneiderman said his opponent waged a good fight.
“Mr. Kelly put up a good campaign,” he said. “He was at all the debates, sent out mailers, went door to door. He did everything you’re supposed to do. I would like to congratulate him for his efforts. I look forward to what will be my best term ahead with a county executive I can work with and who cares about the East End.”
Five incumbent members of the Southampton Town Trustees were reelected to their posts. The top vote-getter was Trustee Fred Havemeyer, who garnered 8,806 votes, or about 18 percent of the total vote. Republican Eric Shultz came in second, with 7,874 votes, or about 16.1 percent of the vote. Independence Party member Bill Pell received 6,750 votes, or 13.8 percent of the vote. Republican Ed Warner Jr. got 6,406 votes, or 13.1 percent. Republican Jon Semlear finished fifth, with 6,233 votes, or about 12.8 percent.
Republican challenger Scott Horowitz (5,721), Democrat Janet Beck (3,709) and Democrat Edmund Pavlak (3,228) were unsuccessful in unseating the incumbents.
“I just want to thank you,” Mr. Havemeyer, a Republican, said at the Democratic Party gathering. “We won’t let you down. You can count on us. Come and see us. Come to our meetings. If you have an issue, let us know about it. We’re there for you. The environment, the environment, the environment.”
Other candidates who ran unopposed were also returned to their posts. Southampton Town Justice Edward D. Burke Sr. received 10,203 votes. Tax Receiver Theresa Kiernan received 8,204 votes.
Southampton Town residents also overwhelmingly approved a proposition to subject planned development district projects to a supermajority vote of the Town Board. A total of 7,140, votes were cast in favor of the provision, while 1,901 voted “no.” Planned development districts are projects in which developers try to surpass the underlying zoning of property in exchange for some community benefit.
Reporters Colleen Reynolds, Erin McKinley and Lisa Finn contributed to this story.