Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dear Pittsburgh: This Mayoral Race Should Be About Policies and Vision

It's maddening to see people already lining up for candidates who don't even have their policies published.  This reminds of so many elections where it's the guy and not the specific policies and vision. And the personal comments belittling the other candidates are surfacing once again, showing how small-minded people can be. And that yeah, I really like that guy, he's one of us nonsense.   And yes, I'm talking about Jack Wagner.  It's been more than 30 days since Luke's announcement and his website has nothing as far as specific policies.  That's a really bad sign and to me it signifies how little things like policy mean to him and Pittsburgh.  He's our guy, he's been in Harrisburg for a while.  That's great but I prefer candidates who take me seriously and publish their policies and vision well in advance of the primary and Bill Peduto has done this. 

People that vote primarily based on the personality of the candidate stop progress. Literally.  I'd also like to point out the wisdom which comes from the independent candidate Daniel Lynch which every person in the region should read and contemplate.  I can't think of something more important than an outside perspective and one that is not steeped in bureaucratic thinking, especially for Pittsburgh. 

P.S. The other candidates don't even have a website! It's 2013.  Don't ask people to vote for you if you don't have a website.

Rick Byerly

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