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EXCLUSIVE: Messina to run for supervisor

Citing an April 15 Spotlight article in his official announcement of his run for the supervisor position, Messina took issue with reasons given by Bethlehem Democratic Chairman Matt Clyne about why the party did not endorse Messina for a re-election bid to his council seat.

"When Chairman Clyne states publicly that 'I personally got tired of Sam Messina's grandstanding. He wasn't able to harmonize his views with other board members,' it's time for Bethlehem residents to tell Chairman Clyne and Vice Chairman [Jack] Cunningham that they want balance and representation from their elected officials, not back-room partisan politics," the release states.

Messina also said in his release that he plans to revert back to the ways of former supervisor Theresa Egan.

"I was proud to serve with Teri Egan because I believe in and share her values and principles of open, inclusive, non-partisan and competent government leadership," he states. "I intend to bring back those principles and values that made Bethlehem a special place and lead our town government, as a team, to achieve outstanding service and management accomplishments."

Cunningham announced at the beginning of March that he would seek another two-year term as supervisor. This campaign will constitute Cunningham's first re-election bid after handily winning in 2007. Before that he had been appointed to replace Egan, who took a job with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Prior to that, Cunningham served as an Albany County legislator.

Messina was quick to note Cunningham's ties to the town's Democratic Party, and called him a product of political patronage.

"He and Matt Clyne are cut from exactly the same political cloth," Messina told The Spotlight in his first formal interview as supervisor candidate. "Jack and I have a basic philosophical difference. He loves politics and has told me so. I'm all for good politics, but I am for good governance first."

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