The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee voted unanimously on July 28 to elect Jeremiah Mulligan as its chairman and Anna Skrenta as vice chairwoman.
Mr. Mulligan was the committee’s treasurer and has served on its legislative and campaign subcommittees. A semiretired attorney, he replaces Cate Rogers, the committee’s chairwoman since October 2018. Ms. Rogers is a Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for town board in the Nov. 2 election.
“The Democratic Committee has to be an active committee,” Mr. Mulligan told The Star on Monday. “We’ve got a number of vacancies, and I would love to diversify the committee and get people with different points of view, different ethnicities, people representing East Hampton township as a whole. Also, I’d like to get some youth on there.”
Ms. Skrenta replaces Betty Mazur, who died in June. A member of the committee since 2018, she serves on the East Hampton Anti-Bias Task Force and on the board of the Neo-Political Cowgirls, a nonprofit theater company. She was formerly a member of the Amagansett PTA.
“I am very impressed with Anna,” Mr. Mulligan said. “I have worked with her on a variety of projects, and she is one smart cookie. I’m very, very impressed and pleased that she is the vice chair. I think she will be very helpful in getting the committee organized.”
The election will see a three-way race for supervisor and five candidates vying for two seats on the town board. Some Democratic candidates, while unsuccessful in a June Democratic primary election, will nonetheless appear on the Independence Party line on the ballot.
Councilman Jeff Bragman is challenging Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate, as is Ken Walles, the candidate endorsed by the East Hampton Town Republican Committee. John Whelan, the chairman of the town’s zoning board of appeals, is also on the Independence line and will compete with Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez and Ms. Rogers, both Democratic and Working Families-endorsed candidates, as well as George Aman and Joe Karpinski, the Republican candidates.
“We have to do what’s best for the town,” Mr. Mulligan said, “and hopefully convince the majority that that’s the right way to go.”
Article from Christopher Walsh of the East Hampton Star.