Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot took a step toward another run for her old office this week, mailing a letter to supporters and friends asking whether she should try to unseat her successor, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, in November.
The letter, and a post on her Facebook page, asked supporters to respond with a simple yes, no or maybe, regarding whether they think she should reenter town politics. She touted her long experience at Town Hall and said that she believes the Town Board in recent years has been mired in interpersonal battles rather than attending to municipal business.
“In my opinion, the town is standing still,” she wrote in the letter. “The agendas are light and ego battles seem to take center stage over the past few years.”
Ms. Kabot served as a town councilwoman from 2001 to 2007 and as supervisor from 2007 to 2009. Prior to holding elected office, she had been former Supervisor Vincent Cannuscio’s legislative aide.
Ms. Kabot said she should be looked at as a proven leader, not a “retread.”
Last week, with Ms. Kabot’s interest in entering the fray again well known, Southampton Town Republican Party Chairman William Wright said that he had not talked to the former supervisor, with whom the party has had a rocky relationship. He said he would welcome her or any other potential candidates’ interest in screening for the Republican nomination for the position.
In 2007, then-Councilwoman Kabot unseated incumbent Supervisor Patrick Heaney in a Republican Party primary and won the general election in a tight three-way race, with Mr. Heaney on the Conservative Party line and Democratic candidate Jim Henry.
In 2009, the party’s selection committee chose Conservative Party member Jim Malone over the incumbent Ms. Kabot as their candidate for supervisor, but party leadership put Ms. Kabot on the ticket at the last minute to avoid another primary.
Ms. Kabot was arrested and charged with DWI just two weeks before the election—she was later acquitted—and lost the race to Ms. Throne-Holst. In 2011, after Councilman Chris Nuzzi was tapped as the GOP’s choice to challenge Ms. Throne-Holst but declined to run, leaving the party without a candidate on the ticket, Ms. Kabot mounted a write-in bid for the seat and received nearly 4,000 votes.