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Sep 24, 2013 11:53 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town Campaign Diary: GGG Debate, Meet The Candidates, Dems' Listen In, GOP Officers

Sep 24, 2013 3:04 PM

The East Hampton Group for Good Government will hold a debate for the Town Board and supervisor candidates this Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m. at the East Hampton Emergency Services Building on Cedar Street.

Larry Cantwell, a Democrat who also holds endorsements from the Independence and Working Families parties, is running for supervisor, unchallenged pending the results of a September 10 GOP write-in primary.

Dominick Stanzione, a Republican incumbent who is also endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties, is seeking reelection, while Democrats Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, both of whom are also endorsed by the Working Families parties, are challenging, as is Town Clerk Fred Overton, who is unregistered with a party, but is endorsed by the Independence, Republican and Conservative parties.

GOP Candidates Event

The East Hampton Republicans will hold a “meet the candidates” event this Thursday, September 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cittanuova on Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village.

The event was pushed up one day, from its original date of Friday.

Fred Overton, town clerk candidate Carole Brennan, Highway Superintendent incumbent and candidate Stephen Lynch, Town Justice candidates Joe Bloecker and Carl Irace, and the Town Trustees are slated to attend.

Tickets cost $50 and are available at the door. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Democrats’ Listen In

The Democratic candidates for Town Board held a Listen In last week in East Hampton Village, attracting more than 80 people from Wainscott, Northwest Woods and around the village, according to the party.

About 25 residents spoke at the event at the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton. Illegal share houses; airport noise; poorly maintained roads, bike paths and beaches; jobs, affordable housing, mental health services; and environmental and public health issues, such as the town’s deer population, tick-borne diseases and contamination of Northwest Creek were among the concerns raised.

The candidates’ responses mirrored what they said in previous Listen Ins, promising better code enforcement and refocusing on affordable housing, among others.

The next and final “Listen In” is set for Sunday, October 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church on Hampton Street in Sag Harbor.

GOP Officers

The Town Republican Committee last week reelected its leadership, Chairman Kurt Kappel and Vice Chairman Tom Knobel, to serve another year, according to Mr. Mansley.

Richard Gheradi will serve as treasurer, while Deborah Schwartz will serve as secretary.

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