Councilwoman Catherine Kent is running for supervisor. The first-term council member was tapped by the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee Tuesday night, the committee announced in a press release.
Kent, of Baiting Hollow, is currently serving the fourth and final year of her first term as councilwoman.
She will face off against Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, a Republican seeking a second two-year term. The two have frequently been at odds since Aguiar took office in January 2020, frequently arguing over policies and town board procedures.
Kent, a lifelong Riverhead resident and retired educator who spent her career teaching in Riverhead schools, heads a town board ticket that includes Evelyn Hobson-Womak and Juan Micieli-Martinez.
Hobson-Womak is retiring after a 28-year career in the Riverhead Police Department, where she currently serves as a detective. A military veteran, she has given her time to Riverhead Youth Court and is a member of First Baptist Church of Riverhead.
Micieli-Martinez is a longtime Riverhead resident with strong ties to farming and agriculture. He was general manager and winemaker for Martha Clara for more than 10 years.
Rounding out the Democrats’ slate this year is William “JR” Renten for highway superintendent, and Tara Taylor and Ellen Hoil for assessor.
Renten is an employee of the Riverhead highway department and volunteer since 1986 in the Riverhead Fire Department, which he currently serves as third assistant chief. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. He hopes to succeed his boss, Highway Superintendent George Woodson, who is retiring at the end of his current term.read more ››