Miller’s courtship of the town of Oneonta to merge with the city has been unrequited, to say the least, although it was a major accomplishment just to get the town to even consider the idea, and the “Life Enjoyed” marketing campaign has been a dud.
Any fair assessment of Dick Miller would conclude that he has been a good mayor, working long hours for little pay, being a presence at virtually all city events and being someone open to compromise.
But if he is the Democratic Party nominee, we hope the Republicans nominate someone else. The citizens of Oneonta deserve a choice, and an election is a healthy and essential process to funnel disparate ideas to the forefront. Even though the hiring of a city manager has changed the role of mayor, it’s still important to have a real election.