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Mar 10, 2016 10:38 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Wright Steps Down As Southampton Town GOP Committee Chairman; Hagan Elected To Post

Damon Hagan was appointed chairman of the Southampton Town Republican Committee on Wednesday night. PRESS FILE
Mar 15, 2016 1:22 PM

Southampton Town Republican Committee Chairman William Wright stepped down from his position last week, and committee member Damon Hagan took on the mantle as the party’s leader.

At its meeting Wednesday night, March 9, the committee voted unanimously to elect Mr. Hagan, who has been involved with the party for a little more than four years. Over the last few months, he ran on the Republican ticket for a spot on the Southampton Town Board, managed Richard Yastrzemski’s campaign in the recent Town Board special election, and had applied for the Southampton Town attorney position that was filled this week by James Burke.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to lead this party in the future … and bring us success this November, and every November thereafter,” Mr. Hagan said last week.

Additionally, Edward Burke Sr. was elected vice chairman of the committee, Diana Carpenter was elected secretary, and Jim Sanford was elected treasurer.

Mr. Wright, who served a little more than two terms as chairman over the last five-plus years, said last week that he chose to step down because he “never wanted to stay on for more than two terms.” He stayed on for the special election, he said, but added, “It’s time for me to give [over] the reins.”

Mr. Wright explained that he will continue to remain active within the committee, and will continue to help the organization when needed.

As chairman, Mr. Hagan said he will work to support the Republicans who currently are in office, and he will also work to “increase the team.” He said he is looking forward to helping reelect U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin in the congressional race later this year, as well as supporting the Republican nominee in the presidential election.

“He’s been playing an active role. He’s been organizing ground efforts during campaigns,” Mr. Wright said of Mr. Hagan. “I think he’s going to be a great asset.”

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Congratulations Damon!
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Mar 10, 16 4:09 PM
Congrats Damon!!
By islander6615 (133), hampton bays on Mar 11, 16 6:22 AM
Congrats Damon and thank you Bill.
By roverton (64), Westhampton on Mar 11, 16 9:17 AM
Hagen for a first time candidate was almost in town hall. Now he'll be fighting the Dems in every race. I wouldn't want to be someone going against him.
By Gillnetter (105), Hampton Bays on Mar 11, 16 1:00 PM
... I agree. The last six months for him has been nothing but one success after another. Watch out, Dems!
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Mar 11, 16 2:52 PM
To follow up my previous post, Bill Wright did an excellent job. Damon is the right choice to continue the work. I see great things for the GOP in Southampton Town under his guidance.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Mar 12, 16 1:46 PM

Just a little reality check here. We will agree that both Bill Wright and Damon Hagan are honorable people.

As to job performance, well I think the facts speak for themselves. Under Bill Wright the Republicans lost their majority on the Town Board. Damon ran and came in fourth out of four candidates for Town Board. Damon ran Yaz campaign and Yaz lost.

That said, those who are Democrats would most likely agree Damon "is the right choice to continue the work" ...more
By NTiger (543), Southampton on Mar 12, 16 3:16 PM