Long list for Bethlehem board seat

With a Bethlehem Town Board seat set to be vacated at the start of 2012, the four known members of the board are meeting with a lengthy list of candidates interested in an appointment to the body, and for the first time, a list of names has been revealed.

Incoming Supervisor John Clarkson has identified eight candidates he's considering for the position, including former state commissioners, former board members and Bethlehem residents who are active in town government.

All eight, Clarkson said, have told him that they have no interest in holding the seat past 2012, a factor the supervisor-elect has said is important to him.

“These are people who I know of or know well enough that I've asked the other board members to consider them,” said Clarkson.

Clarkson said there have been “at least a couple” of resumes that have been submitted to the town in addition to the eight names. He said there may be people who have expressed interest to other board members as well. In all, nine names are now know. They include former Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham, who announced Dec. 14 that he would seek appointment to the board.

“At some point, they (the board) may narrow it down or they might put another name in there. At this point, the nine are people who have put their names out there,” said Clarkson.

Cunningham's name is not featured on Clarkson's candidate list. The incoming supervisor said he would not be supporting Cunningham's bid, and Cunningham said he would be running for the seat in November 2012 no matter what.

Board members for 2012 include Clarkson, Kyle Kotary, Joann Dawson and Jeffrey Kuhn. The fifth seat is the one being vacated by Mark Jordan, who ran unopposed for a Town Justice seat in November.

Jordan's term on the Town Board expires at the end of 2013. A special election will be held in November for the right to serve the final year of Jordan's term. Another election will be held in 2013 for the chance to serve a full four-year term on the board.

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