Mayoral Seat Up For Grabs in Bethlehem
Two people are vying for the position of mayor in Bethlehem during today’s election after Tim Bishop announced in January he wasn’t pursuing another term.
Current 3rd Ward Councilman Charles “Chuck” Griffin and former recorder Don Junkins are on the ballot.
There are also contested races for recorder and 2nd Ward council. Incumbent Recorder Stephen Gulajski is seeking re-election a challenge from Matthew Saseen.
In the 2nd Ward, Councilwoman Judith Kirker faces a rematch against former Councilman Kent Pascioli, whom she defeated in 2017.
Other races on Bethlehem’s municipal ballot will go unchallenged.
Only one candidate, Guy Rayl, filed to run for the 3rd Ward seat currently occupied by Griffin.
Incumbents in the 1st Ward, Robert Henry; 4th Ward, Stephen Harasuik; 5th Ward, Mark Saseen; 6th Ward, Thomas Auten; and 7th Ward, Stanley Wojcik, all are running unopposed for re-election.
While Bethlehem’s elected officials typically serve a two-year term, those winning the upcoming election will have an abbreviated term of just one year. The village is changing its election schedule next year to coincide with county, state and federal elections on even number years. The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Elementary School at 22 Chapel Road.