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Board candidates lay out priorities

Dems diverge on the details, agree change needed on budget

Bethlehem Democratic primary candidates squared off at a forum on Sept. 4 sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Spotlight Newspapers. John Cunningham and Bill Reinhardt answered questions on a variety of topics related to the town and politics.

Bethlehem Democratic primary candidates squared off at a forum on Sept. 4 sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Spotlight Newspapers. John Cunningham and Bill Reinhardt answered questions on a variety of topics related to the town and politics. Photo by John McIntyre.

— “Also, with my experience of this community, our community doesn’t identify ourselves as a waste destination,” he said.

How to handle governance

When asked their views about implementing a ward system within the town, Cunningham said he would not support the move as it would “further the divides of the town and limit representation.” Reinhardt said he did live in a town where it worked effectively, but thought it should be left up to the community to decide.

“I’ve heard from people along my campaign who said they wanted it, and I think it’s worth further discussion when the time is right,” he said.

Both candidates said they would support whoever wins the coming primary.

“After this primary is over, we need to unify into one party. Then get behind the Town Board and make sure they are doing what we elected them to do,” said Cunningham.

Going into the Thursday, Sept. 13, primary, Reinhardt’s campaign remained in the red by more than $1,500. Cunningham still has about $7,900 on hand. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in which Republican Jeremy Martell is running. Cunningham also has the endorsement of the Independence Party, while Reinhardt is endorsed by the Working Families Party.

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