EXCLUSIVE: Petition objections filed in Bethlehem races

Two objections have been filed in Bethlehem races on both the Working Families Party the Independence Party lines against Supervisor Jack Cunningham and his slate for running in the fall elections.

Independence Party Councilman Sam Messina is challenging Cunningham, a Democrat, for supervisor and is cross endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties after his own party endorsed Cunningham.

The two are set to face off in September in a primary for the Independence line after Messina petitioned for it. On Wednesday, July 22, Cunningham filed an opportunity to ballot on the Working Families Party line against Messina, which if accepted by the board of elections would allow party member to write in a candidate.

According to documents obtained by The Spotlight, a Working Families Party member filed an objection against Cunningham's opportunity to ballot form the same day he filed it. The Independence Party member objection was filed on Monday, July 20, and is a general objections to the designating petitions of Cunningham, Mark Jordan, Kyle Kotary, Nanci Moquin and Gregg Sagendorph.

The Independence objection was general, but the Working Families Party objection lists three specific objections to Cunningham's petition with five signatures. It states the witness signatures pre-date the signers, with signers dated on July 19 and 20 and the witness statements signed on June 21; there is no sheet number on the petition; and that We believe no oath was administered at time of signatures.

Cunningham said he doesn't believe the Independence Party objection was filed on time, but a call to the Albany County Board of Elections on the matter was not immediately returned.

Messina, said Cunningham never wanted the Working Families line and never interviewed for it and that he was "up front" with all political parties in telling them he was seeking the support of a coalition of political parties to represent all people.

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