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Dems Nominate Throne-Holst, Fleming, Bender, Pell

Southampton Town Democrats picked their ticket at Monday night's nominating convention.

The Southampton Town Democratic Committee on Monday night nominated its slate for the 2011 town election, with incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst leading the ticket.

Joining Throne-Holst are Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, Trustee Bill Pell, and first-time town council candidate Brad Bender. Fleming is a registered Democrat, but the rest of the ticket are members of the Independence Party.

If the town board incumbents are re-elected and Bender's run is successful, it would make for a dramatic shift in town government. Adding Bender to their line up would give Throne-Holst and Fleming the majority, which is currently held by the Republican-Conservative bloc of Nancy Graboski, Chris Nuzzi and Jim Malone. Graboski has served two four-year teams and is precluded from seeking a third due to term limits, and Nuzzi and Malone will not face re-election for two years.

The GOP will hold its nominating convention Wednesday.

The Working Families Party will screen candidates Wednesday in Water Mill and the Independence Party will nominate candidates last, Bender said.

Bender is a Northampton resident and past president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association. Fleming, of Noyac, is an attorney. Pell, who lives in Southampton, worked as a commercial boat captain and is a volunteer in the . Throne-Holst was the executive director of the before she was elected to the town board.

highhatsize May 17, 2011 at 05:36 PM
With the Democratic ticket the presumptive beneficiaries of the cross-endorsement of the Conservative Party thanks to the Chief Wilson deal, this will be a hard bunch to beat. Here's hoping that the Republicans come up with some candidates to prevent the Board from falling completely into the hands of the STPD PBA.
Robert L. Olson May 22, 2011 at 07:17 PM
If Nuzzi decides not to run for town supervisor, as he has recently stated, I believe the Dems in Southampton will have a clean sweep. Nuzzi is the only Republican I see who could have beaten A-TH. Additionally, Fleming is an extremely strong candidate and will win reelection easily. Brad Bender is strong than both of the Republican nominees, in my view, and will also beat both of them.
Mary Beth July 23, 2011 at 09:42 PM
I am a democrat, but I will not support a party that endorses IndependENCE candidates because, despite what folks may mistakenly believe, the independENCE party does have a platform and at is, to my thinking, much more in line with the republican party than the democratic party. Why else would they endorse everyone BUT the one democrat? This cross party nonsense only servers to further diminish a democratic party already struggling to maintain its identity as the party working people
Mary Beth July 23, 2011 at 09:44 PM
The only problem with your theory, Robert, is that there is only one actual democrat running. It will be a victory for the Independence party which is moving the goal post further and further right with every election. The dems need to wake up and start nominating progressive candidates.

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