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Aug 7, 2013 12:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Campaign Diary: Kabot Seeks New Party, Primary Registration Deadline Looms

Aug 7, 2013 12:25 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor candidate Linda Kabot said this week that she will seek to add a new, independent political party line to the November ballot by gathering the signatures of nearly 1,000 voters supporting a bid free from the platforms of the organized political parties.

The Republican Party’s supervisor nominee would have to collect at least 928 signatures from registered voters of any party who live in the town by August 20 to get the independent party, which she is calling “Southampton Now,” added to the ballot.

Ms. Kabot said in a press release this week that she and volunteers will be circulating the petition door-to-door in the coming weeks.

“The Election Day ballot line-up of candidates in Southampton Town should not be controlled by up-island political party bosses engaging in backroom deals,” Ms. Kabot, who served as a Republican councilwoman from 2001 to 2007 and as town supervisor from 2007 to 2009, said. “Let the people who live here in Southampton Town decide who best represents their interests.”

If successful, the Southampton Now line would have herself, Town Council candidates Jeff Mansfield and Stan Glinka and Town Trustee candidate Ray Overton on the ballot line.

A Southampton Now line would give Ms. Kabot a second ballot line, and possibly a third if she is successful in winning a write-in primary election next month for the Conservative Party line.

Kabot Fundraiser In Westhampton

Supporters of Ms. Kabot’s candidacy will hold a fundraiser for her campaign on August 12 at the Hampton Hills Country Club. The Friends of Linda Kabot will host the cocktail reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the clubhouse at Hampton Hills. A requested donation of $75 per person, $125 per couple, includes open bar, appetizers and food stations, coffee and dessert and live music. For additional information, call 631 235-6685, e-mail lindakabot@optonline.net or visit www.LINDAKABOT.com.

Mansfield Fundraiser In Bridgehampton

The Friends of Jeffrey Mansfield, Southampton Town Board candidate, will hold a fundraiser dinner and dance at the Bridgehampton Community House on August 16 at 6 p.m. The cocktail party, with hors d’oeuvres and open bar, will start at 6 p.m. The suggested donation is $175 per person or $325 per couple. Those wishing to come later for cocktails and dancing to music by The Realm may attend from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for a donation of $75 per person. For information email info@jeffmansfield.com or call Dawn at 655-9764.

Deadline For Primary
Registration Looms

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office is reminding would-be voters in next month’s primaries that they must be registered to vote by August 16 to be eligible to cast ballots in the primaries on September 10.

Republican voters will be able to cast ballots in primaries for Suffolk County sheriff and Suffolk County district attorney. Registered Conservative Party voters will be able to cast ballots for the party’s endorsement of a Southampton Town supervisor candidate. The party has nominated Howard Heckman III as its supervisor candidate but Republican Party candidate Linda Kabot has filed an opportunity to ballot drive, which will allow her supporters to write in her name in a primary. Voters may write in any name they wish for the nomination. Registered members of the Working Families Party will also have a chance to write in the name of their favorite candidate for Southampton Town highway superintendent, since Republican candidate David Betts filed an opportunity to ballot petition for the party line.

All primaries will be held at regular town polling places on September 10, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information on polling places is available from the Suffolk County Board of Elections on its website: suffolkvotes.com.

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Linda Kabot is desperate, that's why she's pulling this move. She has the Republican nomination, and the GOP candidate normally gets the Conservative Party's endorsement also, but not this time. Linda Kabot will have to win next month's primary as a write-in in order to get the Conservative line in November.

So why didn't the Conservatives just formally endorse Ms. Kabot as they do for most Republicans? Suffolk Conservative Chairman Ed Walsh was quoted by Newsday on 8/19, saying exactly ...more
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