Bridget Fleming will be the newest member of the Southampton Town Board.
Ms. Fleming, an attorney, took 54.6 percent of the vote to Republican William Hughes’s 45.4 percent. She received 2,567 votes on the Democratic line and 636 votes on the Independence Party line, according to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections.
Mr. Hughes, a retired Southampton Town Police lieutenant, received 2,662 votes.
“The Town Board has been in gridlock...” Ms. Fleming said while addressing the crowd at the Democrats’ election headquarters at 230 Elm in Southampton Village Tuesday night. “Now, we can really start working.”
Shortly after the results of the election became clear, Mr. Hughes thanked the crowd of over 50 people that gathered with him at Villa Tuscano in Hampton Bays, and said that he was surprised that he lost.
“I’m the most shocked person in this room,” he said.
The Hampton Bays resident repeated his campaign mantra that Town Board officials need to have fiscal restraint, a platform that he said he thought would win him the special election.
“I thought our platform was a good platform,” he said.
The election was held to fill a vacancy created on the Town Board on January 1, when Anna Throne-Holst, a councilwoman at the time, was inaugurated as the new town supervisor. Ms. Throne-Holst was elected in November, ousting incumbent Republican Linda Kabot.
Ms. Fleming, of Noyac, ran for Town Board in November as well, but was unsuccessful. Republican Chris Nuzzi was reelected to the board and Conservative Jim Malone took incumbent Democrat Sally Pope’s seat.
Even after Ms. Fleming’s victory, the Republican-Conservative bloc, rounded out by Republican Councilwoman Nancy Graboski, will still hold a majority of the Town Board.