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Irving Enters Southampton Village Board Race

Planning Board chairman running with the Patriot Party; Yastrzemski will seek re-election while Cannon undecided on re-election run.

Southampton Village Planning Board Chairman Michael Irving is throwing his hat into the village trustee race.

Irving is the first candidate to pick up the at , Village Administrator Stephen Funsch confirmed Thursday. Irving did not return phone messages from Patch this week.

Irving is affiliated with Trustee Bill Hattrick's Patriot Party, which Hattrick started last year when he after initially serving as mayor and then trustee from 1985 to 1993. , which broke the Citizens With Integrity Party's grasp on all five seats on the board.

Funsch said no one else has picked up an election petition — including incumbent Trustees Bonnie Cannon and Richard Yastrzemski, who are up for re-election to new two-year terms. Cannon was first election in 2006, and Yastrzemski joined the board two years later.

Cannon said Friday that whether she will seek re-election is still up in the air. Yastrzemski said he intends to seek re-election and will pick up his petition Friday.

“I enjoy the work I do," Yastrzemski said, explaining why he wants a third term. "I like the gratification of doing things that improve the village and people’s lives.”

Candidates have until May 11 to collect 75 signatures and turn them in to to get on the ballot. May 15 is the last day for potential candidates to accept or decline a nomination.

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