Adman Jerry Della Femina was soundly defeated Tuesday in an East Hampton Village, N.Y., election of trustees, coming in fifth among five candidates vying for three seats. The top vote-getter was Mayor Paul Rickenback Jr., with 690 votes out of 857 cast. Mr. Della Femina, head of New York agency Jerry & Ketchum, has been feuding with the village over laws restricting advertising in front of his restaurants and other stores in the village. He garnered 275 votes.
"When you figure I was the underdog up against a powerful machine and that they brought out the entire Maidstone Club membership against me, ranging in age from 80 up, with one voter coming in wearing an oxygen mask, we actually won the village vote of the people who work and live here," he said. "Though you know you're in trouble when right after they vote, people are kissing the poll watchers." He said he "absolutely" will run again.