Phillip Dampier 
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Re: “Our choice for Rochester mayor: Lovely Warren

Being a lifelong resident, I've seen mayors come and go. At this time in a region this challenged, we cannot afford more of the same. We need transformational change in the city, not the usual dithering and politics. The independence and transformative policies of Rachel Barnhart are the right direction for the city.

We are spending money on the wrong things while we argue about who should pay for what. That leaves vital services unfulfilled. We advocate for traditional building projects with the hope if they build it, we will come. We have not. The city is not getting better. It won't until we give people a reason to live and work there.

A citywide fiber optic network with free service for the economically disadvantaged opens up access to home learning and telecommuting and can break the cycle of poverty much faster than throwing more money at the city school system.

A top-down review of political patronage and the money flushed to support it will cut out the dead wood and bring in new ideas and steer clear of the usual political nonsense.

I trust Rachel Barnhart, who has seen it all as a reporter and has never wilted in the face of a challenge. Let's try something different. We cannot afford not to!

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Posted by Phillip Dampier on 08/30/2017 at 5:55 PM

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