Hilary Shroyer 
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Re: “Our choice for Rochester mayor: Lovely Warren

"Once again we have a campaign where the name-recognition of an on-air personality is being substituted for experience."
This couldn't be more inaccurate.
Unlike Brooks or Funke, Rachel Barnhart's journalism career was extremely self-directed and her focus was on issues of important public interest. Local stations treated the city like it didn't exist except for crime, didn't spend much time covering government and politics, and were especially reluctant to risk access to civic leaders by scrutinizing their activities. Barnhart was willing to step on toes, ruffle feathers, and make trouble with her superiors in order to cover the stories most important to this community, to make sure that real investigative reporting was happening and to keep a critical eye on our local government. This isn't a "substitution" of "life experience" for "hands-on" experience--it IS hands-on experience with government and public service. It required a genuine commitment to this community and to principles of good governance, transparency and accountability.
Both locally and nationally, the Democratic Party is in dire straits because it has only been willing to promote from within. "Paying your dues" and "waiting your turn" has shut out and burned out many talented potential leaders. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has embraced candidates who are mid-career professionals from all kinds of backgrounds--and they're winning elections. If our party continues to dismiss people with vision and dedication to our principles because they didn't start their political careers at "the bottom rung" and spend years stuffing envelopes for party veterans fighting off primary challengers, we're never going to get out of this rut where we need an inspiring candidate but we've got nobody to run except jaded political insiders nobody wants to vote for anymore.

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Posted by Hilary Shroyer on 08/31/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Barnhart says big tax cut will lead to more prosperous city

Rachel Barnhart chose to set a different tone from Chief Sheppard in her campaign announcement, using a format that allowed people live access to a detailed presentation. Perhaps she isn't "all flash and no substance" after all? I suppose if you preferred the event Sheppard held, AND if the format of a candidate's announcement is that big a factor in your vote for mayor, you have everything you need to make up your mind already.
One thing you really can't say, if you're actually interested substance, is that there are "no details" available on her plan. The "TV personality with no ideas" mantra may have served her opponent's supporters well in the State Assembly race, but it isn't any more true now than it was then, and if Rachel Barnhart can get over losing to Harry Bronson, it might be time to get over her running against him and actually look at what she's proposing. If you go to her website you can review her detailed policy platform, which reflects her extensive institutional knowledge of Rochester city government and finances. She developed that knowledge over the course of two decades as local TV broadcast media's first public interest reporter (doing reporting that she pushed reluctant station managers, who were more interested in puff pieces and ratings, to air). She's also been on various local radio shows for the last 24 hours, explaining how those proposals will work. If her last campaign is any indication, she'll be knocking on a lot of doors and talking to voters about her plans as the race progresses, so I'm sure that if you still have any questions after reading her platform, she'd be happy to discuss them with you. If you don't care to do any of that, that's up to you, but it will be because you aren't interested--not because she hasn't come up with a substantive, comprehensive plan for debate.

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Posted by Hilary Shroyer on 02/07/2017 at 2:04 PM

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