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UPDATED: Clarkson gains Conservative endorsement, Kotary files petitions on three lines

In related election news, Kotary announced Friday Afternoon that he has filed more than double the number of required petitions for Bethlehem Town Supervisor on the Democratic, Independence and Republican lines. Nearly one hundred Bethlehem residents carried his petitions, he said, and nearly 2,000 Bethlehem voters signed in support of his candidacy across all three party lines.

"My campaign is about putting people first, practicing fiscal responsibility, protecting our quality of life in Bethlehem and focusing on our core town issues. That's why people of all parties and persuasions have joined our efforts to finally put the politics behind us in Bethlehem and unify our town leadership to make our great community even better," said Kotary in the statement.

"Despite the typical political rhetoric from my opponent, the voters have always had and will continue to have a choice, and I welcome and encourage competition because that's what democracy is all about," said Kotary. "In fact, my opponent and I have already faced each other twice, through two open interview and endorsement elections for the Democratic and Independence committees' support, and I'm pleased to have earned the committees' unanimous vote in both cases."

There are still several days when candidates' petition signatures can be challenged before a ballot is finalized. The primary will be held Sept. 13.

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