Independence Party Endorses Cohen

Democratic nominee gets on ticket over town supervisor.

The East Hampton Independence Party has selected Zachary Cohen, the Democratic nominee, to run for town supervisor on its party line come November.

Cohen, who is registered with neither party, was selected over Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who will be running for re-election with the Republican nomination. 

Independence Party Chairwoman Elaine Jones said, in an announcement on Friday, that the decision was difficult but because Cohen is neither a registered Republican or a Democrat, they thought he would be "an Independent thinker" in representing the entire town. 

"Many of his ideas include raising the morale of the employees, transparent and receptive government, enforcing the town code and affordable housing," Jones stated. 

Cohen said he was proud of the endorsement. "After my screening, Elaine Jones and her committee continued their research and privately polled many people. That also meant she kept calling me, and asking me to answer more questions!," he said in a statement.

"My endorsement by both the Democratic Party and the Independence Party shows that the current Republican majority on the board represents the views and interests of an ever-narrowing slice of the public," he said. "I have been, and always will be, committed to representing all people independent of their political affiliation."

Cohen will appear on the Independence ticket along with William Mott and Marilyn Behan for town council. 

The party also endorsed the following for town trustees:

  • Diane McNally, the trustee clerk and Republican nominee
  • Stephanie Talmage-Forsberg, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Tim Bock, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Lynn Mendelman, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Joseph Bloecker, an incumbent and Republican nominee
  • Nate Miller, a Republican nominee
  • Shawn McCaffrey, a Republican nominee
  • Steven Lester, a Democratic nominee and former town trustee
  • Brian Byrne

Jones followed up by saying the party was not "a rubber stamp for either the Republican or Democratic parties." There are Independence candidates, she said, that are both.

Taylor K. Vecsey June 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Yes, Dennis. You are a blogger on the site. This is a news story. I never said there wasn't a blogging component of the site. Obviously there is, because you are one of our great bloggers.
. June 28, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Taylor. Thnx for response. Seems a bit off track from where it started yesterday but ok. Again, as I have pointed out several times, I think patch serves a great purpose and service to the community. Keep up the hard work.
High Way Worker July 10, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Dennis is right on point. It's the content. Asking a political candidate like Mr. Cohen (or any one else who has not been forthcoming) for their work resume at a time when they are asking people to sign their petitions that allow them to run for office was not an unreasonable request. In fact it is a very fair question at this point in the election cycle.
. July 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Martin, I'm guessing some voters could consider a candidate's background a little more important than knowing a blogger's ID. Then again, I'm from up-island so what do I know? For instance, I'm still thinking a REAL MAN never deletes his posts on Patch. Silly me. On a brighter note, Martin, how about that JETER kid!!! (You are a Yankee fan, I hope).
. July 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM


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