Messina was also gracious toward his supporters.
"I'm really proud of the people who have helped me through this process and to those who have both carried and signed my petitions," he told The Spotlight. "I have been receiving tremendous support for my campaign from residents in a number of parties including the Republican, Conservative, Working Families and the Independence Party."
As it stands now, Cunningham has filed for the Democratic and Independence Party lines and Messina for the Republican, Conservative and Working Families Party lines. Winning the primary for Cunningham would either maintain his two ballot lines, or, if he loses, swing a four-ballot line to Messina's bid to his one for supervisor.
Cunningham's slate for townwide offices includes incumbent Democrat Councilman Kyle Kotary for Town Board, cross endorsed by the Independence Party; Bethlehem Independence Party chairman Mark Jordan for Town Board, cross endorsed by the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families parties; and Democrat town planning and zoning administrative assistant Nanci Moquin, for town clerk, cross endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties.
Incumbent Republican Gregg Sagendorph is running unopposed and is cross endorsed by the Conservative and Independence parties. The Democrats are not fielding a candidate of this own this year for highway superintendent.
Messina's slate includes former Empire Zone Program director Republican Fred (Fernando) Di Maggio for Town Board, cross endorsed by the Conservative Party; Republican committeeman John Flanagan for Town Board; small business woman Republican Melanie Calzone for town clerk; and Sagendorph for highway supervisor.