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Oct 23, 2019 10:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Working Families Party Raises Concerns About Ballot Representation

Oct 23, 2019 10:58 AM

Working Families Party leadership is telling party members that the two Southampton Town Board candidates who will appear on its line on the November 5 ballot do not represent the party’s values — and they should vote for someone else.

Dahlia McManus, the deputy director of the party, sent a letter to party members asking them to vote for incumbent Town Councilman John Bouvier, who will appear on the Democratic Party line.

Even though the party endorsed Mr. Bouvier earlier this year, a primary was held for two people to run for Town Board under the party line. Mr. Bouvier was listed on the primary ballot, while the other slot was left open for write-in candidates.

As a result, Republican Party candidates Richard Martel and Charles McArdle collected more votes than Mr. Bouvier, and he lost the endorsement on the ballot.

“The Working Families Party believes John Bouvier best represents our progressive values and vision, and he will stand up for all of Southampton's working families,” Ms. McManus wrote. “Unfortunately, the candidates who will appear on your ballot on the Working Families Party line used an obscure loophole in election law to steal the Working Families Party ballot line. Neither candidate for town councilman who will appear on your ballot on the Working Families line is endorsed by our party and they do not represent our values.”

Joining Mr. Bouvier, Mr. McArdle and Mr. Martel on the ballot on November 5 are Democratic Party member Craig Catalanotto and Independence Party member Hannah Pell.

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Why should anyone be surprised, in the Age of trump, that Republicans will lie, cheat and try any dirty trick to steal an election.

No citizen who believes in democracy should ever trust or vote for a Republican candidate.

By SpeedRacer (160), Southampton on Oct 23, 19 5:35 PM
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So McManus like to change the rules to fit her agenda. That's rich. tRichard Martel and Charles McArdle collected more votes than Mr. Bouvier, period. Ms. McManus should be sued for her false statement that it was stolen.

The Working Families Party and Ms. McManus are acting like communists. They are trying to undermine the free vote. Awful !

By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Oct 25, 19 9:26 AM
So let me get this straight.....there was a primary and the members of that party all endorsed or wrote in the two appearing on the November ballot and now the powers that be don't like it?? Sounds like they are in kindergarten stomping there feet cause they didn't get there way. LISTEN TO YOUR MEMBERS WHO CHOSE WHO TO ENDORSE. Stop being babies, this whole election cycle is a joke
By mrobin (121), North Sea on Oct 23, 19 8:18 PM
I am pretty sure winning a primary/election with "write-in" votes is the cleanest win possible!
By Just The Facts (1), Hampton Bays on Oct 23, 19 9:32 PM
IMO, this article is bothersome for two reasons. One - the party line should not matter. Local officials should deal with the local issues notwithstanding what the "party values" are. How did the leadership come to their conclusion that John Bouvier is the better candidate? Two - John Bouvier may talk the talk, but based on the past four years, he doesn't walk the walk or even live in a "working family" community in the TOS. Both Martel and McArdle live in a "working family" community for decades ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on Oct 24, 19 8:15 PM