Cunningham goes for WFP line, objection filed

Two objections have been filed in Bethlehem races on both the Working Families Party and 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 members 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 Cunningham filed it. The Independence Party member objection was filed on Monday, July 20, and is a general objection 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 five-signature petition. It states the witness signatures pre-date the signers' signatures, 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 the objectors believe no oath was administered at time of signatures.

Cunningham said he doesn't believe the Independence Party objection was filed on time. Albany County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Matthew Clyne, who is also Bethlehem's Democratic chairman, said they received the Independence Party general objection but has not received a specific objection.

Clyne said specific objections would have to be received six days after the general objection or "there would be no objection." One was not handed as of press time on Monday, July 27, which was the last day it would be due.

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