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Bethlehem candidates file petitions

The town's GOP candidate turned in about 590 signatures, according to Republican Chairwoman Melody Burns, who said she was happy with the result, considering the party did not start carrying petitions until June 23 because of a careful and lengthy selection process.

Messina also grabbed 16 of the 27 registered Working Families Party members in Bethlehem. Messina said that with five of the members having left the area, he actually received signatures from 16 of the 22 members left in town.

The supervisor candidates thanked their supporters and volunteers after the big campaign milestone.

I am truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we've seen from members of the Independence Party, Cunningham said in a prepared statement. "By signing our team's petitions, voters are giving us a vote of confidence, and I will continue my efforts to advance the policies that have helped make Bethlehem a great place to work and raise a family."

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, Independence 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 Democratic 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 Nanci Moquin, town planning and zoning administrative assistant, for town clerk, cross endorsed by the Independence and Conservative parties.

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