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Independence Party Screens Candidates Next Week

The party starts its search for the November 2013 election.

The East Hampton Independence Party is starting to look for possible candidates for its 2013 ballot.

The party will hold screenings for candidates on April 23 at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, starting at 6 p.m.

The positions they will be screening for are town supervisor, town board, town clerk, superintendent of highways, town justice, assessors, and town trustees.

Candidates who want to screen are asked to provide their resumes and contact either Elaine Jones, the chairwoman, at 631-267-8820, or Pat Mansir, vice chairwoman, at 324-4131.

In 2011, the East Hampton Independence Party ran two town board candidates; William Mott and Marilyn Behan.

The local party endorsed Zachary Cohen, the East Hampton Democratic candidate for supervisor in 2011, but Bill Wilkinson, the Republican incumbent, appeared on the ballot. State and Suffolk County Party Chairman Frank MacKay signed a document known as the Wilson Pakula for Wilkinson.

Who do you want to see the Independence Party endorse in 2013? Tell us in the comments below.

Reality Check April 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Bring back Zach !!!!!!
Peter the Prince April 10, 2013 at 02:02 AM
you must be kidding - bring back Zach? He has lost all credibility (evidenced by the Montauk Beach House opposition). The guy has no experience other than managing his family's hamburger restaurant in Florida. How about that for a Reality Check??
SadderBudweiser April 10, 2013 at 02:45 AM
Why bother to screen candidates? Simply ask this Frank MacKay clown who he wants this time around.
Lady L April 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Please pick on fiscal conservative, one who knows what's happening in our town, state and country; who supports lowering taxes, getting rid of excess..
Elaine Jones April 10, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Just to respond before the gossip starts, I have invited Frank MacKay, Chairman of the Suffolk County Independence Party to come out to East Hampton to screen with us, if he was going to interfere with our nominations for the 2013 elections. Frank has apologized to me on numerous occasions and has assured me during our recent conversation that he would not interfere in our choice for candidates for the 2013 November election, and that he will support our choices 100%.. .
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) April 12, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Thanks for posting, Elaine!
Elaine Jones April 12, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Thank you Taylor for allowing people to express their views. I just wanted to set the record straight. We welcome anyone who is interested in screening for any position and looking forward to meet with everyone.
Kevin Byrne April 13, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Thank you Elaine for your continued efforts. As a 2010 Republican / Independant candidate for Trustee. I saw first hand how hard you work and how much you care about the residents of East Hampton. I admire your energy and your devotion to putting much needed attention on ALL the issues we face in East Hampton.

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