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Bethlehem Primary Day updates

Bethlehem Town supervisor Jack Cunningham notched the Independence Party line in his effort to defeat Republican/Conservative candidate Jim Grady this November.

Unofficial results show Cunningham winning the Independence line with a total of 209 votes to Grady's 151 votes.

I appreciate everybody's hard work, said Cunningham as the results came in to the Nathaniel Blanchard American Legion Hall on Tuesday evening.

"I'm very excited and it's now on to November and victory there," said Cunningham over the shouts of "Keep Cunningham" from his supporters.

Cunningham was appointed to the Town seat in April following Terri's Egan's resignation. Egan took a job with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bethlehem voters chose Patricia Slavik over Michael Conners II in the Democratic primary race for Albany County Comptroller, however countywide returns reveal Conners easily defeated Slavik in the Democratic race by a vote of 9227 for Conners to 7600 for Slavik. There is no Republican candidate for the race in the November election. Slavik currently holds a slight lead over Conners in the minor Independence line.

In the Democratic primary race for 36th district Albany County legislator, incumbent Howard Shafer defeated another Democratic Party backed candidate Leo Dorsey Jr. in Bethlehem with a vote of 148 Shafer to 55 for Dorsey. Dorsey is left with the Independence Party line against Shafer in the November election.

Republican Daniel Pershing will also be the Conservative candidate in November for Town Justice winning that line over Democrat Paul Dwyer.

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