Candidate allegedly exposed service member to HIV

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WAYWAYANDA -

In Orange County, a three-way race for County Legislature in Wawayanda is being affected by one candidates’ alleged past.

In District 2, Republican Majority Leader Melissa Bonacic is vacating her seat and is not seeking re-election.

Democrat Ken Pinkela is running on the Independent line. Pinkela, an Army veteran, is speaking out about being convicted of exposing another service member to HIV.
"I was, sadly, falsely alleged to exposing somebody. I'm open about it. I've been open about it since 2013 and I have nothing to hide. I want people to know. They need to know who I am and my background," says Pinkela.

Pinkela served 272 days in a military prison and is appealing the conviction.
Candidates Janet Sutherland and current Mount Hope Councilman Brian Carey are running on both the Republican and Independence lines.

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