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Letter: Reinhardt clear choice for Bethlehem Town Board

Editor, The Spotlight:

On Nov. 6, Bethlehem will elect a new Town Board member. I am an enthusiastic supporter of Bill Reinhardt, who I believe is the best qualified candidate and who I know will provide a strong independent voice on the board.

Voters this year will make choices for President, U.S. Senate and House, District Attorney, State Senate and Assembly, and more. As Bethlehem’s Supervisor, I naturally also focus intently on town government. You have an important choice in this race as well. Both candidates for Town Board have websites (Bill’s is reinhardt4board.com), and there will be a candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Spotlight Newspapers on Thursday Nov. 1 (7 p.m. at Town Hall).

Bill Reinhardt comes from a strong professional background, but he is new to politics (not necessarily a bad thing). He’s an energy expert with private and public sector management experience who’s been involved in our community and with a variety of local, statewide and national causes for many years. He’s a smart guy, very diligent, and always puts principles first.

I came to know Bill through his work on the town Budget Advisory Team, and then as a candidate. Bill’s signal qualities are his professional, policy-oriented approach and open, unassuming manner. These qualities made him a wonderful advisory group member and they are also excellent qualities for a board member. If you’ve had a chance to meet Bill during the campaign, it’s likely you’ll agree with this assessment.

During the past 10 months, with the benefit of George Lenhardt’s excellent nonpartisan service on an interim basis, Bethlehem has made progress on many fronts. I want that to continue, and I believe Bill Reinhardt is precisely the right guy to help move things forward. We don’t agree on everything, but I always know that Bill’s working to find the best possible solution, which is for me the most important quality of leadership.

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