As the race enters its final turn, it’s Miner on Temperament with Nicolleti faltering at the curve, Alfonso Davis on Star Buck is a distant third and way in the back it’s a late scratch as Bea Gonzales dropped out of the race.
You can hear the sounds of bandwagons loading up as the respective parties select their mayoral candidates. Miner, who’s not known for her warmth, has reached out to individuals as she runs a flawless effort to win her party’s designation.
Otis Jennings may now have a primary against Steve Kimatian, as jilted bettors head for the gate and as a race fan peruses the latest Fanny Mae’s Race tips while wondering out loud about the chances of a republican without “special circumstances” winning in a democratic dominated city.
A long time observer of Syracuse’s political scene sums it up in two letters, “D.C.” he continues, “This is getting to be like Washington D.C. no sense in republicans even trying.”
Republicans are hoping that this summer just about anything can happen. The city has become more than one third of people of color, “We voted for Obama. Change can happen, Here!” should be Mr. Jennings slogan.
As this portion of the eight part series draws to a close there has always been a horse race in local politics with training strategies. Will we pick the team that works with the candidate or the loner who just wants to make a difference?
Unfortunately, because we are human beings there are those who drive over the line for a win that was already guaranteed. Changing rules at the last minute is something to expect out of Beijing not Barrington Road?
How about this, regardless of who wins it’s important to have a Mayor who cares about the festering pools of poverty that swirl on almost every side of town. Perhaps if the same number of people, in addition to appearing at vigils for victims, attended every Syracuse Common Council Meeting, School Board meetings and school PTO, then we’d send a message to leaders who for too long have profited from our own communities neglect and indifference.
If we make a dent in solving our multi-generational systemic poverty in Syracuse, then we make a dent in the killings. But when many of our urban neighbor’s salaries top out at $ 22,000 per year, then creating gateways out of poverty is the only way.