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Sep 3, 2019 1:20 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Libertarian Party Taps Five Candidates For Southampton Town Trustee

Sep 4, 2019 10:27 AM

The Suffolk County Libertarian Party announced the endorsement of five Southampton Town Trustee candidates on Monday, just in time to be added to the ballot in November.

In what the party is calling a “true fusion ticket,” the candidates — incumbent Trustee Bill Pell, former Trustees Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer, and first-term candidates for the post Thea Fry and Don Law — were drawn from the Democratic, Republican and Independence parties.

“We observed the politics in Southampton and decided to invite a group of candidates that we felt shared the same ideals and would work well together regardless of party affiliation,” Michael McDermott, chairman of the Suffolk County Libertarian Party said in a prepared statement. “This slate allows the voter an opportunity to choose candidates based on experience and resolve to protect the environment and the people’s right to access the waters and beaches.”

Mr. McDermott did not respond to requests seeking additional information.

The endorsements were announced just before a deadline of September 2 to allow new political parties to put candidates on the ballot.

The Libertarian Party is considered a new party because it collected more than 50,000 votes during the most recent governor election last year. By doing so, the party is considered a permanent, on-the-ballot party until the next election for governor takes place, according to Suffolk County Democratic Election Commissioner Anita Katz.

“When you are a new party, you don’t have committeemen or anything like that, organized the way Democrats and Republicans do,” Ms. Katz said.

She added that election law gives the party a year to organize its committee, and during that first year, allows the party until September to appoint candidates.

Once established, the Libertarian Party will be required to follow the same election schedule that other established parties follow. This year, established parties were required to have nominating petitions submitted in April.

Mr. Shultz, a former Town Trustee, was already on the ballot after winning a spot in a Democratic Party primary that took place in June. Also on the ballot were Mr. Pell, who is an Independence Party member, and Ms. Fry and Mr. Law, both Republican Party members.

Mr. Havemeyer, a member of the Democratic Party, did not earn the endorsement of his party in the primary in June after being edged out by his running mate, Mr. Shultz. But with the endorsement from the Libertarian Party, his name will appear on the ballot.

“The Libertarian party has put together a bipartisan group of endorsements,” Mr. Havemeyer said. “They seem very strongly to understand what is going on out here and they would like to be a third party alternative for voters, or people who would like to have a place to vote for people they feel really represents them.

“To me, it’s the ability to be a voice,” he added.

Joining Ms. Fry, Mr. Pell, Mr. Shultz, Mr. Law and Mr. Havemeyer on the ballot in November for the race to earn one of five seats as a Town Trustee will be Republican Party candidates Ed Warner Jr. and Scott Horowitz, both incumbents, and Megan Heckman, along with Democratic Party candidates Ann Welker, an incumbent, and Andrew Brosnan.

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This is really great news.
Vote them all in, and vote all the other Trustees out !
Dump Alex Gregor & form a SHT Dept. of Public Works.
Everyone Wins !!!!!!
Sep 3, 19 1:53 PM appended by themarlinspike
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 3, 19 1:53 PM
Finally a choice of candidates... Lets clean the slate of a bad board. Just take a google search of the Rose Hill fiasco and see what was was given away. Why would a board give away that piece of park??? I have my ideas...
Clean the slate and vote in a new board... Make Southampton Trustees a great board again...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 3, 19 2:48 PM
Wow. I was looking forward to a fresh slate of candidates, that would possible offer ideas on cutting back government and creating programs to fund much needed repairs to Trustee owned public access points, through private funding.
By Michael Tessitore (76), East Quogue, New York on Sep 4, 19 3:06 PM
Michael Tessitore You are in favor of either cutting back on Government spending or you're in favor of creating new programs to fund much needed repair .. you can't be in favor of both. HOWEVER, if you vote for Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer, they know, from experience, how to wisely spend the public's money.
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Sep 4, 19 5:20 PM
Are trustees, in this case, 'government' ?
Wouldn't it be better to give the trustees more autonomy when it comes to fundraising and budgeting?
- how is private funding a good thing - private funding serves only one interest - the interest of the private funder(s) - which seems like an odd choice for a group entrusted w/the custody of cherished public property.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Sep 4, 19 5:56 PM
Private funding can come in the form of a donation to a not for profit, as a conduit, to complete projects that the Trustees don't have the funding for. Remember our Trustees still don't have a tax line and if they did get one, would our taxes not go up? Speedracer, there is no more sand to be sold, which Eric and Fred relied upon, during their tenure. What other tricks do these legacy candidates have to bring in the clams?

By Michael Tessitore (76), East Quogue, New York on Sep 4, 19 7:47 PM
Thank you Libertarian Party for endorsing Eric Shultz and Fred Havemeyer, thereby putting them on the ballot in November. Both men bring integrity, trust and knowledge to the Board of Trustees.

Voters will now be able to cross Party lines and vote for two men who will save this Board.
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 4, 19 5:04 PM
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Vote for the person, not by party lines. Tired of political party lines.
Happy days will be here again...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 5, 19 12:52 PM
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Knitter, you are absolutely correct!

In the Democratic Primary, the voters chose Democrat Eric Shultz to run for Trustee on the Democratic line in November. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party Chair and his minions are currently ignoring Mr Shultz. Shame on them! VOTERS ARE SMARTER !!

As for Democrat Fred Havemeyer, fortunately for the Town, voters will be able to vote for Mr Havemeyer on the Libertarian Party line on the ballot in November... another outstanding candidate ignored ...more
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 5, 19 3:30 PM
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Thank goodness for the many many years of experience that these two bring to the Trustees. The democratic Party is backing Andrew Brosnan from Surfrider, a new comer who kept sending people to the Southampton village board to protest surf lessons. That is not what the Trustees need or the town. Havemeyer and Schultz know that they work for everyone and they have many many years of having worked at opening the cuts and managing the shoreline access for everyone. Thank goodness the Libertarian party ...more
By AL (83), southampton on Sep 6, 19 7:48 AM
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Thank You, AL,






By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 6, 19 12:36 PM
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Let's understand two things:

First,the comedy team of Eric Shultz and Fred Havermeyer played a game of bait-and-switch with the Southampton Democratic Committee. Whether arising from an intent to deceive or just stupidity on their part, the game had a disastrous result.

It went like this: Shultz expressed an interest in running for Trustee, but Havemeyer did not. When the Democrats invited Shultz to join their ticket, he made the surprise declaration that he wouldn't run without ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Sep 10, 19 10:23 AM
Turkey Bridge, you are one of those people who thinks that by rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic … the ship won't sink.

So, to set the record straight, The Southampton Town Democratic Search Committee seems to follow a script from a Three Stooges movie. First, the Supervisor, AKA chameleon, picks a person he met on a trail somewhere to run for Trustee. Oops, turns out this person is a Trumpite. Next, a wannabe politico is put up for the post. The problem here is that the candidate ...more
By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Sep 10, 19 12:51 PM
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Turkey Bridge, on an earlier post you expressed support for Fred Havemeyer. Unfortunately, your support for candidates, as the British say, ,,, is like a fart in the wind, it vanishes.

As I posted earlier... VOTERS ARE SMARTER, and

TOWN, and

By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 10, 19 1:14 PM
You’re absolutely right, HamptonClassic, I have expressed support for Fred Havemeyer, and for Eric Shultz, in the past. That’s why I was embarrassed and offended by the sleazy trick they played on the Democrats, as described in my above post. I’m still willing to believe it could have been stupidity on their part, but stupidity is as much of a disqualifier as perfidy. Either way, you can’t turn on your friends and expect to stay friends.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Sep 10, 19 2:44 PM
Turkey Bridge, time for integrity and professionalism, and doing what is right for the Town. You say you are embarrassed ... you should be. Regarding the current behavior of the Democratic Party Chair and his minions, they remain silent, knowing full well that the Democratic voters have spoken and put Eric Shultz on the ballot in November.

You talk about sleazy behavior ... it's sleazy behavior when the Democratic Party Chair and his minions refuse to acknowledge Fred Havemeyer ... to ...more
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 10, 19 5:31 PM
... understanding and protecting the environment is what this job is all about. That said, Havemeyer and Shultz become the best candidates. Tired of watching this board shuffle papers and squabble and complain. Might be time to shut this operation down.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Sep 11, 19 1:55 PM