Hay Wins Conservative Endorsement

At least one of Supervisor Michael Rights' running mates has dropped out of the race.

The Southeast Conservative Party caucus wrapped up quickly Sunday, with town supervisor hopeful Tony Hay nabbing another pocket of support for the November election.

Roughly 20 residents showed up at to vote for the party’s official candidate endorsement. Hay, who defeated incumbent Supervisor Michael Rights in , won by a unanimous vote. Hay's running mates Roger Gross, Edwin Alvarez and Michele Stancati also won respective slots.

After Rights’ loss in the GOP primary, some expected that he would seek the Conservative endorsement to get his name on the ballot in November. His last shot to do that is through the Independent Party.  Final vote tallies are expected to roll in on Tuesday.

According to preliminary results, Rights received 30 votes in the Independent primary, but officials received 90 write-ins, which Hay sees as a good sign.

“Out of the 90,” he said, “I’m quite sure 31 of them are going to be for me.”

Rights did not return Patch's phone calls seeking comment.

Hay told Patch that if the supervisor does not gain the backing of the Independence Party, who endorsed the latter, he fully expects to see Rights wage a write-in campaign.

Robert T. Bock — a running mate of Rights on the Revive Southeast team who sought the Republican line in his bid for a councilman position  — said that his election season ended earlier this month. He is not pursuing a write-in campaign.

“Everyone voted,” he said. “You’ve got to respect the votes.” 

Revive Southeast members Maria DiSalvo and Dwight Yee, who lost the Republican primaries for town clerk and councilman, respectively, were also unavailable for comment.


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