My name is Vicki Ingalls, volunteer on the Committee to Elect Traci DiMezza. On Oct. 15, the committee received a letter from Robin Wentworth notifying us of a public forum that had been scheduled and advertised without our prior input or consent. Mrs. DiMezza had a conflict with the date, but beyond a return address, the letter contained no contact information whatsoever.
Our committee has been aware of the fact that Mrs. Wentworth is actively promoting John Clo's candidacy and has contributed financially to his campaign. We took issue with the fact that she, herself, had drafted all of the questions, as well as the rules. We had no input into the selection of the moderator, and we objected to the use of city property for the event. We also objected to the fact that candidates' answers were timed, and audience participation was strictly limited.
Questions about the serious issues facing our city can't be properly answered with an egg timer ticking in the background. Concerned citizens shouldn't have to write their questions on index cards and have them approved by a moderator.
Traci DiMezza's campaign is, first and foremost, about meeting residents. Over the course of her campaign, she has participated in numerous public forums where the floor was open to questions. She has appeared twice before the Gloversville Republican Committee, submitting to a variety of questions from committee members. She participated in a candidate's forum on "Talk of the Town" and answered questions posed by listeners. She appeared before the Gloversville Rotary and the Woman's Republican Club, and answered questions from both groups. Mrs. DiMezza has appeared three separate times at the Towers, and each time, took questions from the audience. She has submitted to two separate interviews with The Leader-Herald, including an interview before the entire editorial board, where she was questioned extensively. Mrs. DiMezza has been interviewed twice by the Daily Gazette and spoke openly about her candidacy. She recently appeared at a public event at the Johnstown Moose, and has attended dozens of coffees and "meet and greets." She has nine public events scheduled from now until Election Day, and she continues to knock on doors, every single night.
She encourages anyone with questions about her candidacy or her qualifications to contact her through her website at tracidimezza.com.