After weeks of speculation, it's official: Southampton Town Republican Committee Chairman Ernest Wruck confirmed Thursday night that the GOP does not expect to run a candidate for supervisor in the upcoming election.
"The primary goal of the Southampton GOP will be the election of Christine Preston Scalera and Bill Hughes to the town council, thus maintaining the majority on the town board," Wruck said by email Thursday night. "We do not expect to have a supervisor candidate this year, much like the race in late 90s."
Should no other candidate step up, incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, a member of the Independence Party with the Democratic endorsement, would run unopposed.
Throne-Holst said Thursday night that while the deadline to file is still a week away and she takes nothing for granted, the focus of her campaign has always been on the issues and constituents, not an opponent or partisan politics.
Thone-Holst said in the coming months before November's election, she hopes to continue with the work she set out to do when taking office, focusing on the issues and concerns of the residents of Southampton Town.
She added, "I would be honored to continue to serve the people of Southampton Town for another two years."
In a surprise move, the as their supervisor candidate during the Republican Committee's nominating convention in May. Nuzzi, who had stated publicly just days before that he was not interested in throwing his hat into the proverbial ring, seemed surprised and left immediately without accepting the nomination or making public comment.
After thinking it over, , but he that he said was a kickoff to the campaign season.