Bonnie Cannon Will Not Seek Re-Election

Southampton Village trustee's third term will be her last.

Wrapping up her sixth year on the Southampton Village Board, Trustee Bonnie Cannon said Wednesday that it is time for her to move on to something new.

Cannon will not seek another two-year term in the village election coming up June 15.

Having been out front, and learning how things work, Cannon said she now thinks she can be more effective behind the scenes. She said she will continue to be a community advocate for minority, senior and youth issues and the less fortunate.

"She will be missed significantly by the village," Mayor Mark Epley said. "She's done a lot of great work, not only for the minorities in the village, but also the seniors, and a lot of the youth programs have been because of her.”

For example, Cannon started the village's annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon, he said.

Epley said he and Cannon discussed her future on the Village Board a year ago, and he understood then that she is very involved in the community and very busy. Jokingly, he said that candidates are roped in thinking that the time commitment for being a trustee just entails attending two meetings a month, while in reality it's like having another full-time job.

Cannon served a brief stint on the Village Board in 2005, when she was appointed to complete an unfinished term. Then a year later, she became the first African-American to be elected trustee in Southampton Village.

Cannon will continue to serve as co-chair of the Southampton Town Housing Authority and is a co-founder of the African American Museum of the East End. For her profession, she is the executive director of the .

Richard Yastrzemski, Cannon's fellow Citizens With Integrity Party member, will be on the June 15 ballot seeking his third term. Their party has not put up a replacement candidate for Cannon. However, the Patriot Party, which was started last year by Trustee Bill Hattrick, is running , the chair of the Planning Board, and Epley said the Citizens With Integrity Party will endorse Irving as well.

"He’s an independent thinker," Epley said of Irving. "He’s a good guy, he’s a solid citizen and I would be hard pressed to find someone as well qualified."

Candidates have until May 11 to collect 75 signatures and turn them in to .

Jerry Can April 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Hopefully she will run for the Town board. It would be nice to have her replace Jim Malone.
Roger Blaugh April 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Thank you, Bonnie, for alll of your hard work on behalf of Village children, seniors and the less fortunate of our communities. Best wishes to you in all your future endeavors.
Brad Bender April 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Bonnie has set a standard for what pubic service should look like. Looking forward to your continued involvement.
Meadow Lane April 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Someone like Bonnie should be elected to replace that Malone jerk. Is he still using our police department to intimidate that young contractor who charged Malone with bilking him out of thousands of dollars? How about that local printing company whose owner accused Malone of bilking him out of thousands of dollars, too. Where did that end up? Wasn't there a third person who also accused Malone of a similar treachery? The sooner we get rid of Malone, the better for Southampton.
East Hampton Retiree April 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I wish we had Bonnie in East Hampton. What a tremendous asset to the people of the East End. But, I'm glad we don't have Malone. You poor people! What a disaster.


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