Clarkson has a key evening

Candidate paves way to November with clutch wins on D and C lines

— Clyne mentioned Clarkson's support of a 20/20 Committee recommendation to make three town offices appointed instead of elected as a key point of dissension between party leaders and the candidate.

Clarkson built his campaign largely on the fact Kotary had secured endorsements from both major parties, saying this denied voters a choice. On Tuesday night, he said when going door to door voters ended up being more interested in matters like the town's finances and governance.

“I don't think it's fair at all to say I'm a one-issue candidate,” he said.

Clarkson also was successful on the Conservative line, which was open as an opportunity to ballot write in. According to Albany County Conservative Party Chairman Richard Stack, Clarkson's name was written in 68 times to Kotary's 18, with 12 absentee ballots out.

The matter proved to be divisive for the Conservative Party, with Stack supporting Clarkson and Bethlehem Conservative Party Chairman Ben Conboy backing Kotary.

“The message by Mr. Conboy and Mr. Kotary was soundly rejected,” Stack said. “I'm very pleased with that. My members responded to the issues.”

Bethlehem's results were reported far behind those for the rest of the county on Tuesday night, with final numbers not landing until nearly midnight, long after most other municipalities had been fully reported.

Clyne attributed the delay to election workers from some districts failing to bring the memory card used by the electronic voting machines to collection points. They instead left them at the polling places with other materials, locked up and left for the night. Sheriff's Deputies had to go out with Board of Elections representatives and retrieve the data, Clyne said.

“They didn't follow the instructions that were given to them,” Clyne said.

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RichardReevesEllington 4 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations to Mr. Clarkson on his victory in the Democratic Primary. Also congratulations on his write in victory on the Conservative Party line. Now there are three candidates in the race but 5 parties. Mr. Kotary is on the Republican and Independent party lines. I am on the Working Family Party lines. Running on several lines, each with a differing set of principles has to leave some citizens without a legitimate candidate for their views. That is wrong.

I congratulate Mr. Clarkson for his successful challenge to the Democratic Party but chide hime for his originally seeking the Conservative line to bolster is support. I also chide Mr. Kotary for his trying to garner three lines and suing to keep Mr. Clarkson off the Conservative line.

For those of you who are dissatisfied with the way the political parties do deals and avoid primaries, I would ask you to consider a vote for me as a protest to this long practiced tradition. For more information go to www.bethlehemsupervisor.com


jayhurewitz 4 years, 4 months ago

The article states "Bethlehem Democratic Committee Chairman and Albany County Democratic Elections Commissioner Matthew Clyne said the town's committee has not yet decided whether to support Clarkson."

I think that with the Democratic Party members having made their decision to choose to support John Clarkson, contrary to the choice of Matthew Clyne and the Bethlehem Democratic Committee (and the Bethlehem Republican Party), the question is whether the Democrats of Bethlehem will choose to support Matthew Clyne and his committee into the future.


TFacts3841 4 years, 4 months ago

According to the Albany County Board of Elections website, Mr. Kotary received 35% of the vote (not 39%) and write-in votes accounted for 3.5%.


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