05/24/13 3:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Supervisor candidates two years ago (from left) Jim Dougherty, Bob DeStefano Sr. and Glenn Waddington. Mr. Dougherty secured a narrow win for a third term over Mr. Waddington.

With Memorial Day just ahead and a town election more than five months away, it may seem premature to begin speculation about who’s running and who isn’t.

But candidates are already making moves. Witness a Town Board member this week saying wearily in the middle of a debate, “I love election years.”

What some disparage as “the silly season” officially gets under way June 4 when pols eyeing a spot on the ballot begin seeking signatures necessary to get their names listed for the November election.

Some things are clear. Supervisor Jim Dougherty, the Democratic standard bearer at the top of their ticket, is planning another campaign for a fourth two-year term in Town Hall. Democratic Party Chairwoman Heather Reylek said the supervisor is “excited” about a another run for office.

Mr. Dougherty echoed Ms. Reylek’s comments. “I’m happy to serve again if the people of Shelter Island will have me,” Mr. Dougherty said. What’s propelling him forward is a desire to keep an eye on finances and to work with the staff at Sylvester Manor as it continues to push forward with development plans, he said.

Republican Party Chairman Bob DeStefano Jr. couldn’t be reached about his slate. His father, Bob DeStefano Sr., the Reporter’s sport’s columnist, ran a distant third two years on the Republican ticket. “Absolutely not,” Mr. DeStefano said about making another run for the post. “If they gave it to me, I wouldn’t take it,” he said.

But Glenn Waddington, who ran on the Conservative and Independence party tickets, hasn’t made up his mind. He placed a close second to Mr. Dougherty in 2011, so close, in fact, that on election night, he thought he had won, only to have the win snatched from him with a count of absentee ballots.

“Don’t count me out, whether it’s this time or the next time,” Mr. Waddington said about another run for supervisor.

There are two Town Board seats, currently held by Ed Brown and Chris Lewis, to be contested in November. Voters will also be electing a town clerk, highway superintendent and a tax assessor.

Both Mr. Brown and Ms. Lewis will seek re-election. Mr. Brown, who won his seat with endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties, will seek the Republican nod as well. Ms. Lewis is a Republican.

“It gets in your blood,” Mr. Brown said about elected office. “I want to continue to work to continue the quality of life for our community.

“It takes a great deal of time,” Ms. Lewis said about the demands of the job. But she’s ready to campaign for another four-year term.

Who might oppose the incumbents? That’s where certainty ends. Ms. Reylek will only say that it’s up to the outcome of the petitions — the forms candidates need to have signed by voters to get their names on the ballot. Based on a formula worked out by the Suffolk County Board of Elections, Democratic candidates need 40 qualified signatures and Republicans need 39.

Conservatives need only three signatures. Independents need six, and candidates for the Working Families Party need a single signature.

Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar says she’ll be on the ballot again, ready to serve another four-year term. This would be her 11th term as town clerk. Four years ago she ran with the endorsements of the Republican and Independence parties and had no opposition.
Patricia Castoldi is seeking another four-year term as a tax assessor, having won handily four years ago in her race against Democrat Joe Messer.

Highway Superintendent and Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr., who created something of a controversy among supporters when he hinted earlier this year that he might not seek a second term, is mum about the November election. But Ms. Reylek said he’ll be on the Democratic ticket again. Two years ago, Mr. Card handily defeated Republican Hap Bowditch for the seat after Mark Ketcham chose not to seek another term.

The petitioning period ends July 11 for party-affiliated candidates and August 20 for independent candidates.

01/03/12 10:50am

PB PHOTO | Councilman Glenn Waddington, left, with Supervisor Jim Dougherty and Councilman Peter Reich at a Town Board meeting this fall. Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Reich are returning to the board while Mr. Waddington is not.

Shelter Island Councilman Glenn Waddingto attended his last Town Board meeting as an elected official on December 29, when the board conducted its annual year-end housekeeping session.

Deputy Supervisor Christine Lewis, who presided in Supervisor Jim Dougherty’s absence, read a proclamation honoring Mr. Waddington for his “12 years of service to the Town of Shelter Island” and recognizing his “professionalism, compassion and competence.”

Mr. Waddington was defeated in his bid to oust Mr. Dougherty, a two-term incumbent, after having served as councilman from 1994 to 2001 and from 2008 to 2011.

In thanking the board, Mr. Waddington said that Ms. Lewis’s summary of his contributions “sounded like a lot, it’s nothing that the rest of you haven’t done.” He added, “I’m not dead yet,” referring to a possible campaign for supervisor in 2013.

Councilmen Ed Brown and Peter Reich thanked Mr. Waddington for his time and expressed their pleasure in having served on the Town Board with him.

11/20/11 12:15pm

PB PHOTO | Councilman Glenn Waddington, left, and Supervisor Jim Dougherty at an October Town Board session.

Supervisor Jim Dougherty won the race for Shelter Island Town supervisor on Friday as the Board of Elections finished its count of absentee and affidavit ballots in Yaphank.

Mr. Dougherty beat his two challengers in the absentee voting by a margin of more than two to one.

When the count becomes official, he will be the first supervisor to win a third term since Democrat Hoot Sherman in 1995 and only the third supervisor to do so since Republican Evans Griffing in the 1960s.

“It is over and I lost. The absentees beat me,” said his closet challenger, Councilman Glenn Waddington, in an emailed response to a request for comment on Saturday. “I feel pretty bad about letting so many people down but am proud of the campaign we ran. I think it was tight clean and the message was clear. We did pretty well going up against the two major parties and I do not think Jim won by any kind of mandate. I will certainly work the absentees harder next time I run.”

Mr. Waddington ran as an independent under the Island Unity Party banner and also had the Conservative Party endorsement.

Unofficial results Friday night showed Mr. Dougherty, who ran on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines, with a 23-vote margin over Mr.  Waddington, 630 votes to 607. Republican Bob Stefano’s total was 278.

The results of the council race appeared to have been unchanged by the absentee count Friday, with incumbent Peter Reich winning a third term and independent Paul Shepherd winning the other seat on the Town Board that was at stake in a five-way race.

Commissioner Anita Katz said Friday that results would not be certified and announced until Monday at the earliest. Glenn Waddington’s supporters asked for the two election commissioners to personally review 22 contested ballots and that’s scheduled to happen on Monday. Even if he were awarded all 22, it appears he’d still be behind.

Mr. Waddington had a 61-vote lead in the unofficial count on Election Day but Mr. Dougherty by Friday afternoon, as mailed-in ballots were counted in Yaphank, he was trailing by only four votes.

The Board of Elections took a dinner break at 5 o’clock Friday, with only the mailed-in ballots for Election District 4 still to be counted. At about 7:30 p.m., after the break, the word was out that Mr. Dougherty had taken 37 votes in District 4 to 10 for Mr. Waddington and 19 for Bob DeStefano.

The total absentee and affidavit count, unofficially, was 142 for Mr. Dougherty, 58 for Mr. Waddington and 57 for Mr. DeStefano.

Because of  discrepancies and challenges, the count could change but Mr. Doughherty’s victory appears certain. The numbers are not official and were provided by observers, not the Board of Elections.

Based on reporting by Gianna Volpe from the Board of Elections Friday