In a highly anticipated and contested election, Joseph McLoughlin and Gina Arresta were declared victors in the Southampton Village Board race late Tuesday night, according to the village’s uncertified results.
McLoughlin, whose father also served on the village board, ran for the board last year, losing by a small margin. He has been a member of the Village Planning Commission since 2017. He received 938 votes.
Arresta, a political newcomer, received 868 votes. She serves on the village Financial Advisory Committee and has a background in business.
Voter turnout was unprecedented. “All candidates really got out into the community and said, ‘It’s important to come out and vote and have your voices heard.’ I think the village has been making an effort to be inclusive of the whole community, especially a lot of people who have recently moved out here,” says Village Administrator Russell A. Kratoville.
McLoughlin and Arresta won over Zach Epley and Kimberly Allan.