The East Hampton Village elections are still a year away, but candidates are already jockeying for position.
This week, longtime village Trustee Barbara Borsack announced she would run for mayor in 2020, the year the village celebrates its centennial. If elected, she would become the first woman to serve in that position, just as she is the first woman to serve on the village board.
Borsack will run on the Elms Party ticket along with fellow Trustee Richard Lawler, a retired Suffolk County Police detective, and Ray Harden, a contractor who became co-owner of Ben Krupinski Builder last year, after the company’s owner, Ben Krupinski, died in a plane crash.
The position will be open because longtime Mayor Paul Rickenbach announced earlier this year he would not seek another term.
Former village Police Chief Jerry Larsen announced last month that he would seek the mayor’s post and run with two trustee candidates on the New Town slate. He has yet to announce who his running mates will be.
Although their terms do not expire until 2022, two other village incumbent trustees, Rosemary Brown and Arthur Graham, who were elected on the Fish Hooks Party line in 2018, have indicated they will likely run again. They recently sent out a newsletter informing residents of the projects they have been working on in the year since they were both elected to four-year terms.