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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.

— While Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson is starting his re-election campaign, Councilman Kyle Kotary has announced he will not be running for his seat in November.

After eight years on the Town Board, Kotary said he will be stepping down at the end of his term. The councilman said he wanted to announce his intentions “well ahead of the political process,” so those with interest in running would have time to consider their options and prepare.

“I decided not to run months ago, maybe over a year ago,” he said. “It was a personal and family decision made for personal and family reasons.”

Kotary said it was an honor and privilege to serve on the board and he has enjoyed his time working with four supervisors, eight different Town Board colleagues and hundreds of town employees.

“We have phenomenal staff in Town Hall who work hard every day to make our community one of the best places to live in the Empire State and I’m thankful to have had the chance to pitch in and lend them a hand,” he said.

Clarkson is hoping to secure a second term in the supervisor’s office. On Monday, March 11, Clarkson announced his first campaign fundraiser through his Facebook page. The event was set to be held Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Normanside Country Club. He has also launched a new campaign website at Clarkson2013.org.

“I don’t think this was any surprise,” he said. “Everyone knew I was going to run, this is just the first step.”

Clarkson said unlike in the 2011 election, he is hoping to get the backing of the town’s Democratic Committee. He said although he is starting his fundraising early, he still wants to maintain a grassroots approach to his campaigning and will be doing a lot of his electioneering by going door-to-door.

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