Stephanie Dwyer, above, was unanimously elected as the new Bethlehem GOP Chair on Saturday, Jan. 18. Provided photo
BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Republican Committee voted unanimously to elect Stephanie Dwyer as its new Chair on Saturday, Jan. 18 who then chose Steve Peterson as Vice-Chair.
Dwyer has been a lifelong Bethlehem resident, is a mother of two and a University at Albany alum. An example of her community outreach was how she had spearheaded the “Save the Bethlehem Town Park Dive Pool” petition last November which generated 1,857 signatures as part of a movement to support repairing the original dive pool or replacing it with a new one.
In an emailed statement, Dwyer wrote that “a vibrant and growing Republican organization in Bethlehem is critical in providing residents a voice, given the town board is overwhelmingly controlled by a single party.” She added that she wants a system of checks and balances so that residents’ concerns can be heard.
Dwyer wrote that she chose Peterson because for years, “he has committed to attending town board meetings, to publicly demanding answers from our elected officials, and to actively support our candidates.” Dwyer has scheduled the next Bethlehem GOP meeting for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Berkshire Bank on 255 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
As Chair, Dwyer replaced Keith Wiggand who had taken over from Melissa Kermani back on Nov. 12, 2019.