The East Hampton Town Republican Committee announced its candidates for the fall 2011 town election on Saturday.
Best-selling author and journalist Steven Gaines and Richard Haeg, a decorated Vietnam War hero and former detective, will seek the two vacant town council positions on the .
They join Supervisor Bill Wilkinson on the ticket and look to maintain a G.O.P. majority. The Wilkinson, who had received unanimous support for a second bid.
Republicans Theresa Quigley, the deputy supervisor, and Dominick Stanzione have two and a half more years left on their terms. Democrats Julia Prince and have decided not to seek re-election.
Trace Duryea, the Republican chairwoman, said in a statement on Saturday, "Supervisor Bill Wilkinson will head the team of successful professionals who bring a full spectrum of views, life experiences and diversified resumes to this campaign.”
“The 2011 Wilkinson team of intelligent and accomplished individuals, when elected," Duryea stated, "will continue the reform practices of fiscal accountability, lower taxes and, more efficient and open government, strategies that Bill Wilkinson ushered in when he was elected supervisor just 16 months ago.”
The Republicans have also selected Stephen Lynch Sr., who unsuccessfully ran for superintendent against incumbent Scott King in the last election. The committee has also endorsed Lisa R. Rana to seek re-election to the bench and Jill Massa, an incumbent .
As for trustees, trustee clerk Diana McNally, Stephanie Talmage, Joseph Bloecker, John Gosman, Timothy Bock and Lynn Mendelman were endorsed for another term. Joining them on the Republican ballot will be Kevin Byrne, Sean McCaffrey and Nat Miller.
Gaines confirmed last month he had screened with the Republicans as well as the Independence Party. A Wainscott resident for more than 30 years, he is the author of best-sellers such as Philistines at the Hedgerow, Passion and Property in the Hamptons and The Love You Make: An Insiders Story of the Beatles. He is also a co-founder of the .
Haeg is the vice-chairman of the republican committee. After Vietnam, he received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He worked as an undercover detective. In 2005, he ran on the G.O.P. and Independence ticket for East Hampton Town Justice against Justice Catherine A. Cahill and Stuart Vorpahl.
The Zach Cohen for supervisor, and for town board, Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyac. They have not yet announced the rest of their slate.
Meanwhile, the Independence Party announced it has endorsed Bill Mott of East Hampton, an elected as a Republican who has tried to run for town board before, and Marilyn Behan of Montauk, a Democrat and the wife of John Behan, a former Republican Committee chairman, for town board.
The party has not yet endorsed a candidate for supervisor.
Lynch, Rana and Massa were also endorsed by the Independence Party. They also endorsed fellow assessor Jeanne Nielsen.
Correction: Steven Gaines did not screen with the Democratic Committee. He screened with the Independence Party, in addition to the Republicans.