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Town pols make announcements

Clarkson will seek another term, while Kotary will step down after eight years

Candidates for Supervisor in the Town of Bethlehem listen to instructions from Spotlight's Charles Wiff during an Oct. 24 debate sponsored by Spotlight and the League of Women Voters of Albany County.  Pictured from left to right: Kyle Kotary, John Clarkson, Wiff, and Richard Reeves-Ellington.

Candidates for Supervisor in the Town of Bethlehem listen to instructions from Spotlight's Charles Wiff during an Oct. 24 debate sponsored by Spotlight and the League of Women Voters of Albany County. Pictured from left to right: Kyle Kotary, John Clarkson, Wiff, and Richard Reeves-Ellington.

— Councilman Bill Reinhardt, who won last year’s special election against former Supervisor Jack Cunningham in the primary and Republican Jeremy Martelle in the general election, said he also intends to run again for his seat.

“I’m going to wait for the Democratic Committee process to play out, but everyone has been every encouraging and I really enjoy doing what I do,” he said.

Democratic Committee chairperson and Town Board Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn said the vetting process has yet to begin, but will be getting underway at the beginning of April.

He said he plans for this year’s process to be much different from those in the past, as he would like things to be more open and transparent for the community. Any Bethlehem Democrat who would like to run for an open position is encouraged to apply with the committee and go through the interview process, he said.

“We’re looking for people who show dedication to town’s wellbeing and those who want to continue to make Bethlehem a model for efficient, transparent and effective municipal government,” Kuhn said. “I think we have accomplished a lot over the last year or so, but there’s still a lot left to do.”

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