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Bethlehem GOP picks full slate, town races officially begin

Long-time Republican Town Clerk Kathleen Newkirk has decided to retire this year leaving her seat open. Republicans have nominated Melanie Calzone to run against Democratic candidate Nanci Moquin, who is currently the administrative assistant to the town's planning and zoning boards.

Cunningham has the endorsements of the Democratic and Independence parties in his first official re-election bid for supervisor. He was appointed by the Town Board in 2007 to replace outgoing Democratic supervisor Theresa Egan who took a state post and won his first full term later that year.

Messina voted with Kotary on the Town Board to unanimously appoint Cunningham after Egan left.

However, Messina is challenging Cunningham to a primary for his Independence Party line. Both say they are confident they'll win the line for supervisor come September. If Cunningham wins, he'll have two lines to Messina's three; if Messina wins, he'll have four lines to Cunningham's one.

Messina's Town Board seat expires this year, so if he fails to take the seat from Cunningham he will be off the board.

Cunningham, who formerly ran for Town Board in Bethlehem and was once the Delmar representative in the Albany County Legislature, has made the claim to winning the most Independence Party primaries in Albany County.

As it stands now, these candidates have received the following nominations:

Supervisor:

Jack Cunningham (incumbent) Democrat, Independence

Sam Messina Republican, Conservative, Working Families

Town Board (two open seats):

Fred Dimaggio " Republican

John Flanagan " Republican

Mark Jordan " Democrat, Independence, Conservative, Working Families

Kyle Kotary (incumbent) " Democrat, Independence

Town Clerk:

Melanie Calzone " Republican

Nanci Moquin " Democrat, Independence, Conservative

Highway Superintendent:

Gregg Sagendorph (incumbent) " Republican, Democrat, Independence, Conservative

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