Throne-Holst said the “dysfunctional” Congress has failed to pass legislation on critical issues that include climate change, gun control and comprehensive immigration reform. Failure to reform the tax code “puts the onus on the middle class.” She supports gun control legislation that bars those on “no fly” terrorism watch lists from purchasing firearms. She also favors fixing the Affordable Care Act rather than repealing it. She said Congress needs to fix the country’s visa program, particularly for farmers on Eastern Long Island who need workers.
Throne-Holst, 56, of Sag Harbor, a former Southampton Town supervisor, is on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. Born in Oslo, Norway and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, she received a bachelor’s degree from a Boston-area high school in 1979 and American University in 1982. She moved to Southampton in 1988, where she co-founded the Hayground School, a Bridgehampton alternative early childhood education center, and then ran the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. In 2006, she worked on Congolese elections for the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping. Also that year she received her master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She became a Southampton Town councilwoman in 2008. In 2009, she won her first of three terms as supervisor. Throne-Holst, who is single, has three sons and a foster child.