Bethlehem Dems drop incumbent councilman

"There's nothing that goes on at those meetings that isn't transparent," Cunningham said. "If community members have questions my door is always open."

Messina said he told Democrats in 2005, when they originally endorsed him, that he would "vote his mind" and that he would put the "good of Bethlehem above all else" if elected to the board.

Kotary said he was grateful for Democratic support for his election bid and that he is also seeking the Independence line and talking with the Conservative Party.

"I'm honored to once again have the unanimous endorsement of the Bethlehem Democratic Committee as I prepare to run for re-election to the Bethlehem Town Board," he said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to serve our community and I'm so thankful for all the community support."

Messina and Councilwoman Joann Dawson are the board's two Independence Party members, while Cunningham, Kotary and Councilman Mark Hennessey are all Democrats. If Messina stays in the race and he and Jordan were the two highest vote getters, the Independence Party would have a majority vote on the Bethlehem Town Board.

The Bethlehem Democratic Committee has also endorsed Nanci Moquin, the Planning and Zoning boards' current administrative assistant, for town clerk. Longtime Town Clerk Kathleen Newkirk has not publicly announced if she will run, but said she would make her intentions known at the Bethlehem Republican Committee nomination vote.

No Democratic nomination was made for the other open town race " highway superintendent, which is currently held by Republican Gregg Sagendorf.

Jordan said he looks forward to the summer campaign and that the Independence Party would make its selections in early May.

"I am proud to be a part of such a strong ticket," he said. "With Jack Cunningham on the top and Kyle Kotary for council and Nanci Moquin for town clerk, I look forward to a vigorous campaign season."


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