To the voters of Gloversville:
Ms. DiMezza should be lauded for the excellent job of marketing herself in her campaign for seeking the position of the Gloversville City Court judge. She rose from her position of being a somewhat obscure local attorney to winning in the Republican primary election. Good for her.
Achieving this goal, however, did come at a very high price. The multitude of lawn signs, large commercial billboards, countless media advertising, plus a sizable squad of paid high school sign wavers were vital to her successful primary campaign. And her expensive "blitz" is continuing. It would seem that this type of campaigning adds another twist to the expression "buying an election."
Although she won the Republican primary contest, the total votes cast for her two opponents were larger than the total votes cast for her. If she had faced only one opponent, she very likely would have lost. The upcoming general election for the City Court judge will be quite different from the primary election in two respects.
The general election is now open to all registered voters.
The election for City Court judge is now a two-way race.
It is truly a shame that Ms. DiMezza cannot either find or make the time to participate in a forum before the general election. She is missing an excellent opportunity to meet people and voice her ideas and views on issues concerning the contest for Gloversville City Court judge. It appears Judge Clo, on the other hand, is quite eager and willing to participate in a forum at any time or place.
Voters need to know more than what is seen printed on the candidates' handouts and what they have said in their media advertising. Voters want to hear what has not been said.
Ms. DiMezza was one of those candidates present at the recent Republican clambake, where the candidates said events where they meet the people are very important to them. Is not a public forum an important event?
By refusing to participate in a public forum, she does bring up the question, "What is she trying to hide?"
She might want to reconsider her decision.
In the words of a past Republican president, Calvin Coolidge, "The purpose of a campaign is to send an intelligent and informed voter to the ballot box."