The Chatham Party of East Hampton, CT announced today (Aug. 22) its intent to maintain its majority on the Town Council and get more of its members onto other boards such as education, finance, assessment appeals and zoning board of appeals.
The Chatham Party endorsed 15 candidates at its party caucus, according to a press release issued tonight.
Leading the slate are five candidates for Town Council – Sue Weintraub (incumbent), Kyle Dostaler (incumbent), Derek Johnson (incumbent), Glenn Suprono (incumbent) and Angela Sarahina.
The Chatham Party also endorsed the following candidates:
- Board of Education: Joelyn Leon, Liz Whitty and Peter Levy
- Board of Finance: Scott Sanicki, Pat Gauthier and Paul Hoffman
- Zoning Board of Appeals: Lois McCutcheon and Carolyn Beamer
- Board of Assessment Appeals: Barbara Suprono and John Hines
Unlike the major parties, the Chatham Party is open and welcomes East Hampton residents of any political party to be considered for endorsement.
The release states, “The only requirement is a commitment to the Chatham Party mission to put community first and consistently represent the best interests of East Hampton. Chatham Party members value independent thinking, hometown pride, and political civility.”
The endorsed slate of 15 includes Unaffiliated, Democrat and Republican candidates.
This is the first election in which the Chatham Party is running candidates for the Board of Assessment Appeals. Both Barbara Suprono and John Hines currently serve on that board.
Suprono was elected in 2009 on the Republican ticket and is seeking reelection with the Chatham Party.
Hines was appointed by the Town Council in January 2012 as an alternate and is seeking election as a full member of the Chatham Party.
“None of the candidates put forward by the major parties have ever served on the Board of Assessment Appeals,” Barbara Suprono said. “I believe that experience is important. John Hines and myself are experienced members and we’re proud to be endorsed by the Chatham Party.”
Hines added, “Having served and been seated as an alternate for the last two years, I stand ready to provide an unbiased review of assessment appeals for the citizens of East Hampton.”
“Typically, local third parties only last for one or two election cycles,” the press release states. “The Chatham Party has succeeded thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the trust of East Hampton voters. Formed in 2005, the Chatham Party has firmly established itself as a legitimate minor party.”
The release also states, “Under the Chatham Party leadership the town has hired a new Town Manager, a new Police Chief, a new Superintendent and a new Director of Public Works. Residents voted to approve the purchase of a new fire truck, pass the budget in just one referendum, and approve a $51 million high school renovation project.”
“The town also has hired new legal and engineering firms to provide high quality services and better value for taxpayers. Additionally, many significant projects are moving forward including energy conservation and emergency safety projects, as well as long-term planning for facilities and water.”
Town Council Chair Sue Weintraub, seeking her fourth consecutive term, said she is running to ensure the positive progress that has been made over the past two years continues.
“The budget and high school referendums were tremendous votes of confidence from our community,” she said. “We delivered on the promises made in 2011 and now are at a critical crossroads. A Chatham Party majority on Town Council, Board of Education and Board of Finance will ensure continued leadership and follow-through for public safety, town facilities, education, energy, water, our farming community and quality of life.”
Chatham Party Chair Kyle Dostaler said, “The strength of a community can be measured by the level of involvement of its citizens… The Chatham Party continues to exist because of the tremendous support and involvement of so many people in the community who have come forward to serve and make our town a better place. As a minor political party, we are proud to offer an avenue for independent and unaffiliated voters to participate in our local government.”
Council member Glenn Suprono added, “The Chatham Party stands for honest, fair and transparent government for the benefit of all taxpayers… We have more work to do for the citizens of our community and I am proud to once again be a candidate for Town Council with the Chatham Party.”
Council candidate Angie Sarahina said she’s running as a Chatham Party candidate because the party’s members have, “ done an amazing job moving East Hampton forward. They have proved over and over again that their only interest is the well-being of the residents. And it is the residents who I thank for making this possible. I am proud to be running to help continue this forward progression.”
Posted August 22, 2013 based on a press release as edited by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan
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