Who will be chosen to fill the bare spot on Southampton's Town Board?
Who will be chosen to fill the bare spot on Southampton’s Town Board?

The race is set for Southampton Town’s special election, to be held Jan. 26, to fill the town board seat vacated by former Councilman Bradley Bender, who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges just before Thanksgiving.

Richard Yastrzemski
Richard Yastrzemski

Southampton Republicans have chosen their 2015 general election candidate for town supervisor, Richard Yastrzemski, to run for Mr. Bender’s seat, while Southampton Democrats have chosen their one unsuccessful town board candidate, Julie Lofstad.

Ms. Lofstad accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination on Sunday, and Mr. Yastrzemski accepted the Republican Party’s nomination Tuesday evening.

Mr. Yastrzemski, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, has served as Deputy Southampton Village Mayor for four years and is also raising two children in Southampton.

Throughout his campaign for town supervisor this past year, Mr. Yastrzemski spoke often about his ties to the local community and his hands-on experience in village government.

Julie Lofstad
Julie Lofstad

Ms. Lofstad, who grew up in Hampton Bays, was an engineer at 1 World Trade Center who came home after September 11, 2001 to work on a commercial fishing business. She also helped start the Southampton and Hampton Bays farmers markets.

During her campaign this past year, Ms. Lofstad focused on environmental issues and supporting Southampton’s small businesses.

The winner of the race will finish out Mr. Bender’s term in office, which runs through the end of 2017.

Mr. Bender is facing charges of receiving phony prescriptions for oxycodone and illegally exchanging the oxycodone pills for cash and steroids, along with another co-conspirator.


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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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