We must celebrate the spirit of independence and grassroots democracy

To the Editor:

I am writing to announce a significant triumph for democracy in the town of Bethlehem. Kellin Rowlands, a non-affiliated candidate for the town board, has emerged victorious against the concerted efforts of the Albany County Board of Elections (county Democratic and Republican parties) and the Bethlehem Democratic Committee, who sought to keep him off the ballot.

This accomplishment underscores the importance of preserving the integrity of our local elections and the right of non-affiliated candidates to participate without being subjected to the undue influence of national parties.

It is disheartening to witness the power and financial resources wielded by national parties attempting to suppress the voices of individuals who dare to challenge the status quo. In this era of hyper-partisanship, we must celebrate the spirit of independence and grassroots democracy that Kellin Rowlands represents.

The relentless determination to ensure fair and open elections in Bethlehem should serve as a stark reminder that the interests of our town should never be compromised by outside forces seeking to maintain a decades-long political reign.

For over two decades, the Bethlehem Democratic Party has dominated our local politics, often running unopposed. This has not only hindered the healthy competition that democracy thrives upon but also limited the diversity of voices in our decision-making processes.

Kellin Rowlands’ victory in the face of adversity marks a turning point, reminding us that Bethlehem deserves a vibrant and inclusive political landscape. It is time for our town to embrace new perspectives and the spirit of independence that Kellin embodies, ensuring that our local governance truly reflects the will of the people.

Sylvia Rowlands


Editor’s note: Sylvia Rowlands is the mother of Kellin Rowlands.

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