Let’s go, Democrats! After extensive interviews and vetting (as well as an unusual endorsements process), the BDC enthusiastically and overwhelmingly endorses the following candidates for local elections this November 7! This year, our Democratic candidates can be found on both the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. For information about voter registration, please visit: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html or register online at https://voterreg.dmv.ny.gov/MotorVoter/.
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DAVID VANLUVEN (D)
Since joining the Town Board in 2016, David VanLuven has fought dangerous pipelines, advocated for town employees, worked to better guide residential development, and built bridges across political divides. Professionally, David has led a variety of programs with environmental nonprofits and state agencies where he forged strong teams, navigated shifting politics, managed complex budgets, and raised millions through grants and appropriations. Today, he is a strategic planning consultant for nonprofits and government agencies across the Northeast. David, his wife Isabelle Bleecker, and his three daughters live in Delmar. David has a BA from Middlebury College with a double major in Religion and Arctic/Alpine Ecology (for which he did his thesis research 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle), and a joint M.S. from Tufts University in Urban/Environmental Policy and Biology.
MAUREEN CUNNINGHAM (D)
Maureen Cunningham currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, a regional network working to ensure clean and abundant water supplies by partnering with community groups and local municipalities throughout the region. Through this work and over 20 years of experience, Maureen has developed a solid record in establishing strong partnerships and cultivating successful relationships with local government, business and nonprofit leaders. A native of Upstate New York, Maureen lives with her husband, Paul Miller, and two young sons in Delmar. Driven by a personal belief that positive and lasting change begins at the local level, Maureen is an active volunteer, having served on the Friends of Five Rivers Board of Directors since 2011 and having led several PTA initiatives at Hamagrael Elementary School, including launching their popular Walk to School and Bike to School events. She has also served on various Town of Bethlehem committees such as the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and the Open Space Working Group, and currently is a member of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Advisory Group and the Conservation Easement Review Board. A graduate of Yale University and The American University, Maureen earned her master’s degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. With a passion for the many community benefits and resources that the Town of Bethlehem has to offer, Maureen is committed to ensuring that we remain a diverse, welcoming, healthy and thriving place for residents, families and local businesses.
Dan Coffey (WFP)
As an active participant in town government, Dan is honored to seek office on the Working Families Party line as a progressive Democrat, to continue the work to make our town the best place to live, work, and raise a family. Dan resides in central Delmar with his wife Eileen and their two teenaged daughters. In addition to his service on the town ZBA, he previously served on the Bethlehem Planning Board and the Comprehensive Plan Assessment Committee. Dan is the founding member of Bowitch & Coffey, LLC, an Albany-based law firm practicing in the areas of municipal/land use, environmental law and insurance-related litigation. Dan has been an officer of the BDC and currently serves as its first vice-chair. He is also a volunteer for Bethlehem Youth Court, a member of the American Legion-Blanchard post, and previously coached his daughters in Bethlehem Soccer Club and Delmar Track & Field.
NANCI MOQUIN (D)
Nanci Moquin has been a resident of Bethlehem for 26 years. Prior to working for the Town she was employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension as an office manager and Program Educator. She holds a paralegal degree and assistant appraiser license. In 2003, Nanci started working for the town as an assistant to the Planning Board and Zoning Board, changed her focus, and won her first term as Town Clerk in 2010. Nanci is now seeking her 5th term.
ANDY KIRBY (D)
Judge Andy Kirby has served as a Bethlehem Town Justice since January 1, 2014. During that time, he has handled more than 20,000 criminal, vehicle and traffic, and small claims cases. He also manages the court staff, ensures that all moneys collected by the Bethlehem Town Court are properly accounted for and remitted, and acts as a co-department head with regard to budgetary, planning, personnel and other town government issues affecting the Bethlehem Town Court. In addition to his scheduled judicial duties, Judge Kirby is on call 24 hours a day for two weeks each month, during which he is often called upon to conduct arraignments, to hold preliminary hearings, to review search warrant applications and to issue orders of protection in cases involving domestic violence. Prior to his election as Town Justice, Judge Kirby served as a Bethlehem Town Prosecutor for nearly 10 years. He holds a BA from the University of Richmond majoring in History and Economics, and earned his JD degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Judge Kirby is the owner of Conway & Kirby, PLLC; a civil litigation law firm in Delmar. He has been a successful trial lawyer for more than 20 years. Judge Kirby lives in Delmar with his wife Amy Conway and their three children. He frequently volunteers as an assistant coach for his children’s athletic teams, and is a fan of their musical and artistic endeavors. He also enjoys cycling and golf.
GILES WAGONER (WFP)
Giles Wagoner, a lifelong resident of Bethlehem with a love of our town and nation, is thrilled to step up to run for highway superintendent as a Democrat on the Working Families Line. He believes that his decades of business, military, and community service experience will allow him to use his skills and technical know-how to ensure that the residents of Bethlehem receive top notch services that will make our roads and sidewalks safe and secure.