East Hampton Town voters on Tuesday ushered in a change on the Town Board, propelling Fred Overton and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez to victory over former Councilman Job Potter and incumbent Dominick Stanzione. Larry Cantwell, the unopposed Democratic candidate for supervisor, is now the supervisor-elect.
Mr. Overton, the town clerk, who is not registered with a party, but was endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties, sailed onto the board with 3,216 votes, or 28.2 percent, according to unofficial results. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez, a Democratic first-time candidate and former Springs School Board president who was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, earned the second open seat with 3,125 votes, or 27.4 percent.
Mr. Potter, a Democrat with a Working Families Party cross-endorsement, came in third, with 2,764 votes, or 24.24 percent, falling one spot short in his bid to return to board that he served on between 1998 and 2005. Mr. Stanzione, meanwhile, a Republican with cross-endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties and the sole incumbent in the race, finished a distant fourth with 2,293 votes, or 20.11 percent, to lose his bid for a second straight term.
Mr. Cantwell, the recently retired East Hampton Village administrator who was cross-endorsed by the Working Families and Independence parties, raked in 4,802 votes, or 98.22 percent. Eighty-seven write-in ballots were cast, though names were unavailable as of Wednesday morning.
The results will remain unofficial until the absentee ballots are counted, which will begin sometime next week, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. No recounts in East Hampton are expected.
When the winners take office on January 1, the makeup of the board will shift from its current 3-2 Republican majority to a 4-1 Democratic majority.
Before a jubilant crowd at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton Village, where the Democrats gathered on Election Night to watch the results, Mr. Cantwell said how he had fully expected to have a competitive race for the supervisor’s post when he announced his candidacy in April, but even though that did not happen, it did not stop him from working hard and campaigning over the last seven months.
“It was important for me to show people that I wasn’t taking anything for granted,” he said, adding that he is the proud son of immigrant parents, a tale familiar from his campaign trail.
“They taught me what’s most important in life,” he said, “Work hard for what you want and treat everyone the way you want to be treated. And that’s the kind of government we want to bring to the town of East Hampton starting in January,” he said.
The Democrats also scored victories in the assessor’s and justice’s races. Incumbent Town Assessor Eugene DePasquale easily won reelection, receiving 3,209 votes, or 56.71 percent, to Republican Joe Bloecker’s 2,449, or 43.28 percent.
Justice candidate Steven Tekulsky also won easily over his Republican counterpart, Carl Irace, receiving 3,487 votes, or 59.55 percent, to Mr. Irace’s 2,367 votes, or 40.42 percent.
Eighteen candidates jockeyed for nine open seats on the Board of Trustees. All five Republican incumbents held onto their seats, with Stephanie Talmage Forsberg receiving 3,490 votes; Diane McNally 3,131; Timothy Bock 3,045; Nathaniel Miller 2,965; and Sean McCaffrey 2,836. Two out of three Democratic incumbents kept their seats: Stephen Lester with 3,431 votes and Deborah Klughers with 2,669. Joining the board will be Democrat Brian Byrnes with 2,492 votes and Republican Dennis Curles with 2,438.
Democratic incumbent Cate Rogers lost her reelection bid with 2,093 votes.
In uncontested races, Carole A. Brennan won the town clerk’s race with 5,281 votes, and Stephen K. Lynch won reelection as highway superintendent with 53,45 votes.
At Republican headquarters, Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett, on Tuesday night, many people expressed surprise at Mr. Overton’s easy win. In his victory speech on Tuesday night he joyfully thanked friends and family for their help.
“We started our campaign, people before politics, riding on my experience of 25 years working for the town of East Hampton, and it worked. People listened,” he said. “We talked about balanced government and it worked, I think. We talked about our community. I don’t know what to say. I am humbled by the numbers. I couldn’t have done it without the team I worked with and the voters.”
At Rowdy Hall, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez received hearty applause.
“This is a bit surreal for me,” she said, thanking her family and supporters. “It was grueling at times, with five televised debates.” She promised her children she would start cooking and doing laundry again, though a man hollered from the back of the restaurant, “Larry has other ideas.”
“I’m just really excited. I’m grateful for girl power,” she said.
Her running mate, Mr. Potter, thanked his friends and supporters and congratulated Mr. Overton.
“I think it’s going to be a great board,” he said, adding, “I’m not going anywhere. You’ll see me. I’ll work on my campaign in two years.”