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Reinhardt wins with comfortable lead

Democratic town board candidate Bill Reinhardt with Supervisor John Clarkson on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Democratic town board candidate Bill Reinhardt with Supervisor John Clarkson on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Martelle said he was proud of his campaign and doesn't know what he could have done differently. He now hopes the all-Democratic board will work across the aisle for the good of the town.

“That's one of the things we tried to highlight with our campaign, is that one-party rule doesn't work in town government,” he said.

Supervisor John Clarkson, who backed Reinhardt throughout his campaign, said he was proud of the margin by which the Democrats won.

“Bill did a tremendous job going door-to-door, which is what I think did it,” he said. “People respond to a straightforward, sophisticated candidate, they don't want simple answers in Bethlehem and I think that's a very, very good thing.”

Reinhardt said come January he will be looking to revisit the town's comprehensive plan and do more to support the town's small businesses. He said long-term budget planning will also be a priority.

“The budget is going to be a multi-year effort. It's not going to be 'fixed' just in one year and there are several things that will take time to implement,” he said.

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