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Feb 11, 2019 11:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton GOP Extends Candidate Screenings

Feb 12, 2019 12:04 PM

The East Hampton Town Republican Committee has extended its candidate screenings through this coming weekend: Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the American Legion in Amagansett.

At the same time, the committee postponed its nominating convention, which was originally scheduled for this coming weekend, until Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m., again at the American Legion.

The committee cited “astounding” turnout, a show of community support and the fact that some people couldn’t make it this past weekend as reasons for extending the screenings.

The screenings are open to any East Hampton Town resident—regardless of political party registration—interested in being a candidate for one of the elected seats on this November’s ballot.

“If you believe in East Hampton and love our community then we want you.” Party Chairman Manny Vilar said recently.

The Republicans have just four incumbents who are up for re-election this year: Town Justice Lisa Rana and Tax Assessor Jill Massa, and Town Trustees James Grimes and Susan Vorpahl, all of whom are expected to seek re-election.

All three Democrats who hold Town Board seats that are to be on the ballot—Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and Councilman David Lys—have announced they are seeking re-election. Democratic incumbent Trustee Brian Byrnes is not expected to seek re-election, but the other six incumbent Democrats on the Board of Trustees are.

Republican Committee members will vote on their choices to fill out the ticket at the nominating convention on February 23.

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