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I am the chairperson of the Town of Bethel Republican Committee. The Committee met earlier this year and nominated Bethel resident, lawyer Susan Harte as our Republican Party candidate for Bethel’s Town Justice position. Even though the Town of Bethel Republican Committee designated Susan Harte as the Republican Party candidate, she is being challenged by the Democratic nominee for the right to run on the Republican line in the general election (due to a special rule which allows judicial candidates to primary on any party line, even those to which they do not belong). Therefore, it is imperative that all registered Town of Bethel Republicans vote in the primary Tuesday, June 25, at the Duggan School from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Without your vote, a Democrat, not a Republican, will represent the Republican line on the ballot in the fall.
I have known Susan for over 15 years. She works and lives full-time in the town of Bethel. She very actively supports and volunteers for many local community organizations and is a staunch supporter of our law enforcement community. Susan’s opponent has been the town judge for 20 years. I believe it is time to elect a judge who will make sure that the Town Justice Court serves the people well and respects their valuable time. (You may recall the headline in last year’s Sullivan County Democrat dated May 2, 2018, titled “Board and Justice Court Spar over Posting Hours.”)
If you require an absentee ballot, please contact the Board of Elections at 845/807-0400. Again, I urge all registered Republicans in Bethel to vote in the primary to ensure you have an option to vote for Republican candidate, on the Republican line, in the fall general election.
Susan Brown Otto