What we’re looking for in a mayor

The mayoral seats in Gloversville and Johnstown both are up for election this year, and candidates already have come forward.

So far, in Gloversville, three candidates, including the incumbent mayor, have said they are seeking the office. In Johnstown, the mayor won’t be running for re-election, but one new candidate so far has stepped forward.

This newspaper does not yet have an opinion about the best candidates for the jobs, but we hope to see certain qualities in the next top leaders of the two cities.

High on our list is the ability of the mayors to cooperate, communicate and be diplomatic. The mayors should show maturity, respect and a strong knowledge and appreciation for the area. We don’t want to see game-playing or power-positioning.

The two people who win will need to understand the importance of working with town of Johnstown officials and other leaders in Fulton County. That same spirit of diplomacy also will apply to working with city department heads. The mayors should listen to the people who work for the cities.

The residents of the Glove Cities will need mayors who are willing to listen to and draw knowledge from others, not mayors who are quick to jump to conclusions.

As the Walmart Supercenter opens in Gloversville and officials look at building access roads and other agreements, the two cities must work together. The cities need mayors who are going to unite, not divide.

The two cities, which are positioned at the foothills of the Adirondacks and are in the Mohawk Valley and part of the Capital Region, have a lot to offer.

The two cities need mayors who won’t walk away from the cities’ problems, but will work hard at solving them.

The new mayors should understand the need to talk to the media because it is their duty, not to the press, but to the public. All mayors should understand and respect the state’s open meetings law and follow it. The public has a right to know what its government is doing.

Many issues tie the two cities together. The candidates should present researched plans on how they would deal with issues such as economic development, blight and public transportation.

Candidates have come forward months before petitions are due for the primaries. This is good. They have months to research ideas to improve their respective cities and present the ideas to the taxpayers.

Downtowns are part of the economic development puzzle. Whoever is elected should understand that and keep good relationships with downtown business owners and stay in tune with their needs.