Judge opens up the Conservative line

Kotary's lawsuit successful, candidate to be decided in September primary

— “I think it will come down to between Kyle and John,” he said. I don't know of any other people who have come forward through this whole mucky muck.”

There are 385 registered members of the Conservative Party in Bethlehem. While that's but a sliver of the total number of voters in town, in recent elections voters have migrated to this ballot line in increasing numbers, making it a more valuable prize than voter rolls alone might suggest.

Clarkson said he would seek to regain the Conservative line through a write-in campaign. Kotary could not be reached to comment on his plans. But the situation could be further complicated by discord in the party itself. Stack and Bethlehem Conservative Party Chairman Ben Conboy have made it clear in recent interviews with The Spotlight they hold divergent views on the supervisor race, with Stack supporting Clarkson and Conboy backing Kotary.

Stack reckoned the doorsteps of Conservative voters in Bethlehem will be getting busy in coming days.

“Ben's a registered member of the Conservative Party, he'll be using what influence he has and what connections he has,” Stack said.

Conboy could not be reached.

Clarkson and Kotary (both Democrats) are still slated to face off in September in a primary for the Democratic line.

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