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Democrats Win Top Races in Southampton

Thu, 11/09/2023 - 10:21
Maria Moore, center, won the race for Southampton Town supervisor, while Bill Pell, left, and Michael Iasilli were the top two vote-getters in the race for town board.

With all election districts reporting unofficial results in Southampton Town on Tuesday night, Maria Moore, the Democratic mayor of the Village of Westhampton Beach, is poised to take the race for Southampton Town supervisor, and two Democratic town board candidates, Bill Pell and Michael Iasilli, also appear to have emerged victorious.

Ms. Moore, also running on the Conservative ticket, earned about 57 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Cynthia McNamara, a sitting Southampton Town councilwoman running on the Republican ticket, earned about 43 percent.

“I’m grateful to our community for giving me the opportunity to represent them as their supervisor, and am looking forward to getting to work,” said Ms. Moore.

In the race for town board, where an incumbent and three challengers were running for two seats, the race was much tighter. Mr. Iasilli’s margin was slim — he garnered just 219 more votes than Rick Martel, the Republican incumbent. Mr. Pell, a sitting town trustee, and Mr. Iasilli, an aide to County Legislator Bridget Fleming, earned 29.2 and 26.7 percent voter approval, respectively.

Mr. Martel ended up in third place with 24.4 percent of the vote, and Bill Parash, a Republican who had hoped to make the jump from trustee to town board, earned 21.3 percent.

“While we were not successful in all of the races, I am proud of our platform and the efforts of our candidates,” David Betts, the Southampton Republican Committee chairman, said yesterday morning. “Republicans differ in philosophies on many issues than other parties and are very conservative in how to manage government. I would like to thank all of our supporters and their efforts.”

The town trustee race — which featured 10 candidates vying for five seats — appeared to be even tighter. Scott Horowitz and Ed Warner Jr., both Republican-Conservative incumbents, were the top two vote-getters with 10.9 and 10.7 percent. The other three seats were up for grabs, with their current occupants, Mr. Pell, Mr. Parash, and Ann Welker, not seeking re-election as trustees. Of the remaining candidates, Matt Parsons, a Democrat, earned 10.5 percent of the vote, Chip Maran, a Republican, earned 10.3 percent, and Joseph McLoughlin, a Democrat, earned about 10 percent.

Incumbent Southampton Town Justice Gary Weber, who had the backing of the Republican, Conservative, and Working Families Parties, retained his seat with 53.5 percent of the vote. His opponent was John Ortiz, a Democrat.

Theresa Kiernan, Southampton’s incumbent tax receiver, who ran on the Republican and Conservative lines, was re-elected with 56.2-percent voter approval over David Glazer, a Democrat.

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