Candidate forums for local town and county offices are beginning to be set ahead of the Nov. 7 general election and early voting, which lasts from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5. Here are the details to date. We will update this post with any future details.

Southold Town

Southold Town Candidate Forums sponsored by the North Fork Civics will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 at CAST in Southold at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Poquatuck Hall in Orient at 10 a.m.

A third forum sponsored by the North Fork and Mattituck chambers of commerce will be held on Monday, Oct. 30 at a place and time to be determined. We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

League of Women Voters Debates for the South Fork and Shelter Island

The League of Women Voters of The Hamptons, Shelter Island and the North Fork will hold four debates this October, three of which will be via Zoom. A debate for the South Fork’s Suffolk County Legislature seat (District 2) will be held Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and debates for Southampton Town Board and Supervisor will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Both debates will be aired live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel

In the County Legislature Race are Democratic candidate Southampton Town Trustee Ann Welker and Republican candidate retired New York State Parks Police Officer Manny Vilar.

Republican Southampton Town Councilwoman Cynthia McNamara is facing Democratic candidate Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore in the Southampton Town Supervisor Race. The candidates in the Town Council race for two seats include Democrats Michael Iasilli and Bill Pell, and Republicans Richard Martel and William Parash.

At all the League’s Zoom debates, the candidates will make timed opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted at least two days in advance to the League’s Voter Services Committee Chair Neil Cohen at

East Hampton Town’s LTV hosts the debate for East Hampton Town Board and Supervisor races on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. It can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

Sitting Democratic Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez is running for East Hampton Town Supervisor, facing Republican Gretta Leon, and East Hampton Town Board candidates are Republicans Scott Smith and Michael Wootton and Democrats Thomas Flight and David Lys.

The League’s debate for Shelter Island Town Supervisor and Town Board will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Shelter Island School. The debate will also be able to be viewed later on Shelter Island’s Channel 22 and its YouTube site.

Shelter Island Republican Councilwoman Amber Brach-Williams is running for Town Supervisor against Democrat Arnott Gordon Gooding, while the four candidates for two seats on the Town Board are Democrats Albert Dickson and Benjamin Dyett and Republicans Thomas Cronin and Arthur Williams.

Stay tuned to for coverage of these forums and updates on any additional debates.

We will update this post with any information on more debates and candidate forums if they are scheduled.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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