A voice of reason emerges from the Saratoga Springs City Democratic Committee despite the best efforts of the committee to stifle all dissent.
This letter has been making the rounds in the
Hello All Democrats,
Tuesday night was brutal, but now is the time to pick ourselves up and move forward. Please be reminded that we were elected and we owe our constituents an accounting of why our candidates were not elected. Postponing this examination of the election results is irresponsible. In spite of appearances of being united, we obviously are NOT. Moving forward, the committee needs to be restructured and words of unity, openness and transparency be actualized.
This has NOT been an open and transparent team; it has been a dictatorship with myopic vision. Those who remain committed to exacting revenge have affected our ability to win elections.
Our leadership strongly opposed our candidates from seeking the
Fundraising efforts were disorganized and unproductive. (Have we received a clear financial accounting?)
We were promised a united campaign for ALL of our candidates. Yet John Franck and Joanne Yepsen, our only proven successful candidates, were left off of every piece of literature.
The present leadership has made:
· costly autocratic decisions
· does not work well with others
· and has been ineffective.
Our committee members deserve inclusive and respectful treatment; instead of bullying communication. Discourse, if allowed, can create synergy with effective solutions.
As a committee and a party, our voices have been silenced. Now is the time to raise our voices, to let go of the past and move forward. With inclusion, collaboration and new leadership, we can rise to excellence.
In closing, I propose to those who want to work towards an inclusive, open and transparent Democratic Committee, STAY AND STEP UP, all others please step away.
Mary Zlotnick, 2nd vice-chair