The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee voted on Wednesday to endorse David Calone as its preferred candidate to run for Congress against Representative Lee Zeldin, recommending that Democrats vote for Mr. Calone in the June 28 primary in which he will face former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.
"After thorough review of his record and that of his opponent and hearing from both candidates in our meetings and a committee-sponsored debate, we are proud to endorse Mr. Calone as the best candidate to represent the economic and environmental priorities of East Hampton," said Jeanne Frankl, the committee's chairwoman.
Mr. Calone's experiences as a businessman, prosecutor, and leader in environmental preservation and sustainable energy, Ms. Frankl said, "promise an exceptional contribution on the national and local fronts."
With the endorsement, the East Hampton Democrats join the Democratic members of the town boards on the East End, County Legislator Bridget Fleming, the Democratic Town Committee of Brookhaven, and members of the Independence Party in endorsing Mr. Calone, Ms. Frankl added. The committee, she said, feels that Mr. Calone "is the best equipped of the candidates to challenge Mr. Zeldin."
John Whelan, chairman of the town's zoning board of appeals and a former member of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, spoke at the East Hampton Democrats' meeting, calling Mr. Calone "a committed environmentalist, a skilled, practical businessman, and a tireless worker who brings people together and connects all the different elements to solve a problem."
David Weinstein of the committee spoke of Mr. Calone's "dedication to clean water and clean energy," and said that "his perspective as a longtime Suffolk County resident and family man will enable him to serve the East End well in Congress."
Mr. Calone and Ms. Throne-Holst are seeking to represent New York's first district, a seat held by Mr. Zeldin since 2015 after he defeated Tim Bishop, who served six terms. Election Day is Nov. 8.