Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot announced her intention to formally screen for the Republican nomination in this year’s election for the job she once held.
Ms. Kabot sent a formal letter of interest to committee members after meeting with the Republican Chairman and Vice Chairman this week. Screenings are expected to be held in April followed by a nominating convention in May.
Ms. Kabot said she has deep roots in Southampton Town as well as having a reputation for fiscal prudence.
In 2011 Ms. Kabot made an unsuccessful bid to upend incumbent Anna Throne-Holst for supervisor. As a write-in candidate, Ms. Kabot drew more than 3,600 votes, or about 37 percent of the total count.
“It’s not an election without a challenger who is willing and able to tackle the tough issues facing our community,” Ms. Kabot said in a release.
Her run in 2011 came on the heels of a DWI acquittal. She was arrested in Westhampton Village just after midnight on Labor Day in 2010 for DWI. She was acquitted of those charges in February 2011.
Ms. Kabot said the number of votes she received as a write-in challenger in 2011 shows there is opposition to the incumbent.
“To have thousands of write-in votes credited to my name is a historic first for New York State,” she said.
Ms. Kabot served in 2008 and 2009 as supervisor and was a council member for six years before that.