Maintaining the town's strong fiscal management track record is important, Russell said, noting the town has received its highest bond rating ever. His focus is on land preservation and open space to "add to our nature trails and ensure farms stay farms." He said the town needs to " look at ways of expanding the economy of Southold without undoing the charm of the community." Russell said he will work with other elected officials to urge the county to move toward permitting nitrogen-reduction systems. On short-term rentals, he said, "We recognize seasonal rentals are part of the landscape but using your house as a consumer opportunity, using it as a hotel, this eliminates it in residential areas."
Russell, 51, of Cutchogue, is also running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He is seeking his fourth term in office. Before winning the supervisor post, Russell served as assessor for 15 years. He served as president of the Suffolk County chapter of the New York State Assessors' Association and is a past president of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library. He worked previously as a congressional staff aide and as a paralegal. He graduated from George Washington University. He has two children.