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Bethlehem GOP announces its slate of candidates

The Bethlehem Republican Committee is pleased to introduce its candidates for Town and County offices in the November 2015 general election. The Committee has endorsed the following Bethlehem residents:   Jim Foster, 32, of Delmar, for Bethlehem Town Supervisor; Bridget Zigrosser, 46, of Glenmont, for Bethlehem Town Board; Melanie Dumers, 43, of Selkirk, for Bethlehem Town Clerk; Andy Holland, 34, of Slingerlands, for Albany County Legislator in the 33rd District; Kate Pope, 29, of Delmar, for Albany County Legislator in the 35th District.

            The Committee is also backing incumbent County Legislator Richard Mendick, a Conservative from Selkirk, who will seek a third term representing Albany County’s 36th Legislative District. In addition, the Committee is actively seeking candidates to run for Town Highway Superintendent, and for the 34th District of the County Legislature.

            Bethlehem’s 2015 Republican ticket consists of all political newcomers, and represents a concerted effort to field younger candidates who hope to bring fresh ideas to the table. The Town candidates promise to offer smart alternatives to the agenda pursued by Supervisor John Clarkson and the Town Board, all of whom are Democrats. The candidates, if elected, are hoping to respond to what they have found to be widespread dissatisfaction among residents with Town government in areas such as taxes, public works, and the police department. “I am really excited this year that we have such a strong slate of candidates,” said Chairwoman Melissa Kermani. “Our candidates are focused on the needs of the community including public safety and public services such as leaf pickup. We are dedicated to representing the interests of residents and business owners of Bethlehem.”

            The candidates, themselves, have varied backgrounds, and draw from a wide range of experiences. Foster, born and raised in Bethlehem, chose to leave his successful position as an attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, a large international law firm based in New York City, to return home in his bid for Supervisor. In addition to supervising large teams of attorneys and industry experts in complex legal matters, Foster has experience as a senior auditor at UHY Advisors, and a background rooted in volunteerism including years of service with the Elsmere Fire Company. “When I moved back to Bethlehem I was disappointed to see firsthand how my hometown had changed since 2011,” said Foster. “The contributions of our men and women in law enforcement have been marginalized, our services in Town have been diminished, and many of our property and business owners have been pushed to the financial brink by taxes. The Town we know and love is slipping away. I am here to correct that, and ensure that Bethlehem remains a great place to live, raise a family, and build a business.”

            Zigrosser shares Foster’s ambition to change the direction of the Town Board, seeing the need to preserve the Town’s future through smart, bipartisan government. She touts her longstanding commitment to public service, including her position as a teaching assistant in the Guilderland Central School District, her former term as the president of the Glenmont Elementary School PTA, and her past involvement coaching Bethlehem Rec Soccer Club, and Bethlehem Pop Warner cheerleading. “I hope to bring all voices to the table to build Bethlehem up, and to help sustain Bethlehem’s future for our children,” said Zigrosser. “I’m excited to offer a new outlook, and am hopeful for this opportunity to serve my community.”

            Dumers, a longtime County resident, looks forward to the opportunity to work hard for the Town of Bethlehem and its residents as Town Clerk. “As a working mom, raising two sons alone, while balancing work as a full-time employee with the State Department of Transportation and taking evening classes at SUNY Albany, I share the experiences of many of my neighbors here in Town, and I understand what it’s like to have a full plate,” said Dumers. “I will bring this tenacity and drive to the Town Clerk’s Office, where I will competently handle the operations of the Town and work hard for its residents and business owners. My door will always be open, and I will be happy to lend an ear to the concerns of every resident here in Bethlehem.”

            Holland, born and raised in Saratoga Springs, lives in Slingerlands with his wife and young daughter, and is looking forward to raising a family in Bethlehem. He is a litigation attorney with Napierski, VanDenburgh, Napierski & O’Connor, LLP, an Albany-based law firm, before which he spent years as a prosecutor in New York City. Holland looks forward to the chance to bring an independent voice to a County Legislature he sees as saddled by party line voting. “If elected, I plan to use the advocacy skills I have developed as an attorney to forcefully and competently represent the interests of the residents in the 33rd District, while pursuing sound, responsible legislation for the County as a whole,” he said. “My hope is to be able to offer a sensible perspective to balance the Democratic majority in the Legislature.”

            Pope, who lives in Delmar along with her husband and two young daughters, brings the perspective of having years of experience in recruiting for a large international staffing company, as well as a desire to ensure that her community is well represented on the Legislature. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve my community at the County level,” Pope said. “As a former recruiter, I am skilled at approaching challenges, and finding intelligent solutions. This is exactly what the County Legislature needs. There is no question that the Legislature is getting some bad press now. If elected, I will do everything I can to return ethics and effective representation to the Legislative Chamber.” 

            Mendick asks the voters of the 36th Legislative District to elect him to a third term so he can continue the achievements he has accomplished during his tenure on the Legislature. He said, “As the outspoken taxpayer’s advocate, I ask for your support to continue my fight in the County Legislature for fair, reasonable, and transparent government.”

            The candidates expect to attend various events around town during campaign season, and look forward to meeting as many Town residents as possible throughout the summer and fall until Election Day on November 3rd. Holland, looking to represent a district that includes parts of the Town of New Scotland and the Village of Voorheesville, will be actively campaigning in those places as well. The Committee and candidates will be launching campaign web pages soon with more information on the races and the candidates themselves. Links to these pages will be available through