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Re: “It's Bronson, hands down

CITY newspaper, of course has the right to endorse whichever candidate they see fit. Though it is up for debate as to whether it is the duty of journalists and newspapers to make a political statement, the way in which CITY newspaper chose to endorse Mr. Bronson was problematic. The piece depicts Mr. Bronson as a poor, hapless candidate who needs to learn how to be savvier on social media. On the other hand, Ms. Barnhart is a crazy, ego manic running around setting things on fire, and going so far as to call her a “serial arsonist. A man conducting himself in the same fashion as Ms. Barnhart would be called a hard hitter eager to see change. While the sexist undertones of the piece are concerning the true issue here is commitment to change and improvement locally.

Rachel Barnhart’s commitment to the region can be seen in her chosen career path. Those who understands the media world knows that if Rachel was simply interested in “drawing and demanding attention” she would have left Rochester long ago to pursue reporting opportunities in much larger markets. But she didn’t. She made the decision to stay in her hometown and fight for the citizens of Rochester. People know Ms. Barnhart and she is not afraid to engage with anyone about the issues that are important to them. Voters should be very concerned that Mr. Bronson is not a presence in the community he represents. Mr. Bronson should not take pride in always being a behind the scenes legislator, his silence is what allows other cities and towns in New York state to see revivals while we are left behind, grappling with lack of jobs and little economic growth. Not to mention, leaders in Albany know representatives who do not connect with their voters are not invested in the community’s future making it much easier to sway their vote. Ms. Barnhart has worked hard making those connections and will demand what is best for her constituents.

I am a supporter of Ms. Barnhart, which I am sure is quite clear. To reiterate I absolutely appreciate that the folks at CITY can endorse whichever candidate they choose. I just wished they would have done so in a more professional manner. The bar in politics has been set so low but CITY has found a way to go ever lower which is disappointing.

Megan Ball

23 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by mmball on 09/01/2016 at 2:54 PM

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