Sanders said that, if elected, his primary focus would be to make sure veterans and other residents understand the property tax exemptions to which they’re entitled. His real estate background and experience with determining market value and property prices give him a good background for the assessor’s office, he said. “A real estate background gives you important skills to be a good assessor,” he said. “I’m detail-oriented and enjoy organizing things.”
Sanders, 49, of Greenport, is in the last year of a four-year term as a Southold trustee. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. A licensed associate real estate broker, he has been a real estate agent since 1999. He is a captain in the Army National Guard, 42nd Infantry Division, and served most recently in 2015 in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He served with the Marines during the first Gulf War. Sanders received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biblical studies from Taylor University, a master’s in liberal studies with a concentration in computer technology for classrooms from Stony Brook University, and a master’s in U.S. history from Norwich University. He is commander of American Legion Post 803 in Southold. He is single.