I’ve had an opportunity to reflect on my recent run for Oneonta Town Board and would like to share some thoughts with readers.
First, thank you to everyone who supported me throughout the campaign. I truly appreciate your contributions, whether it took the form of a small monetary donation, volunteering your time to campaign, organizing a candidate debate, or contributing baked goods to our sale.
This was my first campaign and it confirmed for me that our democratic process, despite its flaws, still works. The residents with whom I spoke genuinely wanted to participate in improving our town. They wanted reliable information about where the candidates stood on the issues and what they would do if elected. Voters want a government where officials represent their views and work together to get things done. I have no doubt we can achieve this at the local level.
Some of my observations have caused me concern and I want to caution voters to be wary about the influence of big money and special interests in our elections. One of the local parties this year embraced the use of glossy mass mailings, attack ads, and robotic phone calls and polling. Although those tactics have become common in Albany and Washington politics, residents don’t want that at the local level.
We can do better. Nothing can replace knocking on doors, meeting people face-to-face, and learning their concerns. I’ve tried to represent residents during the campaign and will continue when I take office Jan. 1. Please feel free to call me at 222-1591 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns. We can start the New Year with a spirit of collaboration and bi-partisanship and bring the progress our residents want to see.