The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and the North Fork has scheduled four debates among candidates for East Hampton, Southampton, and Shelter Island Town supervisor and town board, and for the Suffolk County Legislature’s Second District. The debates, three via Zoom and one live, will happen next month.
On Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., SEA-TV will host and broadcast a Zoom debate between candidates for the County Legislature’s Second District. Ann Welker of the Southampton Town Trustees is the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate. Manny Vilar, a Springs resident who is chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee, is running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines. The league’s Judi Roth will moderate. Legislator Bridget Fleming, the incumbent, is not seeking re-election.
Candidates for East Hampton supervisor and town board will debate over Zoom on Oct. 18, also at 7 p.m. Susan Wilson of the league will moderate, and LTV will host and broadcast the debates, which will start with Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for supervisor, and Gretta Leon of the Republican and Conservative Parties. They are vying to succeed Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, who is not seeking re-election.
That debate will be followed by one among the four candidates running for two seats on the town board. Councilman David Lys and his running mate, Tom Flight, both on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, will debate Scott Smith and Michael Wootton, both running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines. The debates will subsequently be available on demand on LTV and its YouTube channel.
The in-person debate, on Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Shelter Island School, will feature Shelter Island Town’s candidates for supervisor and town board. For supervisor, they are Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams of the Republican and Conservative Parties, and Arnott Gordon Gooding, the Democratic candidate.
The four seeking two seats on the town board are Thomas Cronin and Arthur Williams, the Republican and Conservative Party candidates, and Albert Dickson and Benjamin Dyett, Democrats. The debate will be recorded and later shown on Shelter Island’s Channel 22 and its YouTube page.
SEA-TV will also host Zoom debates on Oct. 23 between candidates for Southampton’s supervisor and town board. They start at 7 p.m. The race for supervisor is between Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore, of the Democratic and Conservative Parties, and Councilwoman Cynthia McNamara, a Republican.
The four candidates seeking two seats on the town board are Councilman Richard Martel, running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines, William Parash, a Republican candidate and town trustee, Michael Iasilli, running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, and Bill Pell, also a town trustee, running on the Democratic and Conservative Party lines.
The league’s Estelle Gellman will moderate. The debate will be broadcast live on SEA-TV’s YouTube channel and subsequently available on demand.
Candidates at the Zoom debates will make timed opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted at least two days in advance to [email protected].
Early voting happens from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 7.