Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has fended off a challenge from Linda Kabot once again, earning Throne-Holst a third two-year term at the helm of the town.
As results poured in Tuesday night, Throne-Holst had 59 percent of the vote to Kabot’s 41 percent, though the margin could change as absentee ballots and other as of yet uncounted ballots are tallied.
Throne-Holst is an Independence Party member who also had the endorsements of the Democratic and Working Families parties. Kabot is a Republican who also had her name on the Conservative Party line after winning a Conservative primary by one vote.
Fred Thiele, the chairman of the Southampton Town Independence Party, said at the Democrats election night party at 230 Elm in Southampton Tuesday that back in September when polling was conducted for the supervisor race, they thought it would be a tight one. But her victory was much more decisive than they could have hoped for. “I have to think that every undecided voter went to Anna,” he said.
Throne-Holst told the crowd that they ran an above board, about-the-issues campaign, while sticking to their records and not going down into the mud. “I love this job,” she said. “I love serving the town of Southampton.” She said she is proud of their work for the past four years, including righting the town’s financial ship.
“I just want everyone who didn’t vote for me to know, it makes no difference to me,” she said. “I’m here to serve you, no matter who no matter what. The party politics do not matter to me. I’m here to be your public servant.”
In 2009, when Kabot was the incumbent supervisor and Throne-Holst was a councilwoman, Throne-Holst ousted Kabot from her seat. Looming over the 2009 election was a DWI charge against Kabot—a charge she was eventually acquitted of, but not until after Election Day. Then in 2011, when the Southampton Town Republican Committee failed to field a candidate against Throne-Holst, Kabot waged an unsuccessful write-in campaign.
Throne-Holst is a resident of Noyac. She previously worked as the director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center and she was a founder of Hayground School in Bridgehampton.