I have followed the election for Gloversville City Court judge avidly. For me, elections like this represent what is great about America.
And as always in an election, voters like me look to the message. I live on a well-traveled city street. My doorbell has been rung more than four times - mostly for my wife and once for me - but each visit was welcome, either way. These three candidates illustrate what is good, (or, if you don't like their message, bad) about our city.
One candidate talked a lot about his parents, his father and about how he badly he wants to keep his job. Another candidate talked about nothing, really, except himself.
Traci DiMezza, on the other hand, talked about our city. She talked about the residents, and she talked about our courts. In short, she had something to say and it wasn't about herself or her job - it was about us: me, my wife, and our city. What she said was important, valuable and relevant.
Too many people run for office for the wrong reason. If the candidates come up to your door, listen, and listen really well. You will know the right candidate when you meet them.