Dan Coffey (left) and Judge Ryan Donovan (right) // Photo provided
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BETHLEHEM—During the Bethlehem Democratic Committee meeting on Thursday, May 17, members “overwhelmingly” voted to endorse the following candidates for town-wide election in November: Dan Coffey for Bethlehem Town Board and Judge Ryan Donovan for Bethlehem Town Justice.
Coffey was selected following a weeks-long process to seek qualified potential candidates interested in running for the Town Board seat and for the position of Town Justice. BDC officials met with all three of the individuals interested in the Town Board seat and unanimously recommended Coffey for endorsement. They also recommended the endorsement of Town Justice Ryan Donovan, who was the only one to request an interview from the committee, for a fourth term.
“On behalf of the entire BDC, I am thrilled to announce our 2018 slate of candidates for town-wide office,” said BDC Chair Jeffrey Kuhn. “Dan Coffey has an unparalleled track record of volunteer and professional experience in planning, municipal law, and service to community and is an exceptional choice for voters in Bethlehem for Town Board. Judge Donovan is an excellent justice with 12 years under his belt as the kind of seasoned and thoughtful judicial mind we need to keep on Bethlehem’s bench. Both of the Democratic candidates offer Bethlehem the kind of talent we need and expect in town government.”
“I am honored to be selected by the BDC for the Town Board seat,” said Coffey. “I believe my years of experience as a Planning and Zoning Board Member, a lawyer, and a volunteer in many capacities in Bethlehem will help me tackle some of the challenges our town faces. Those challenges include maintaining our town’s strong and unique character, ensuring that our Comprehensive Plan is updated to provide for rational development that prioritizes maintenance and expansion of green space in our community.”
“Serving as Bethlehem’s Town Justice is a privilege and I am excited to have the opportunity to run for my fourth term,” said Donovan. “I would like to continue to work to make Bethlehem’s court system one of the most efficient and well-run in the state. I look forward to continuing this work for another term.”
Town elections will take place on November 6.