Two years ago in 2013, I took on the privilege of running for Syracuse Mayor on the Green Party slate alongside Howie Hawkins for 4th District Council, and Barb Humphrey for School Board. We came away with 15% of the electorate and, as I expressed in my Election night statement, “shined some light” on the issues and concerns of many of us. I am so grateful for each of you who supported me at the polls in expressing your choice for progressive and people oriented policies.
One of the other major successes of that campaign year was the number of volunteers that participated in phone-banking, door-knocking, button-making, sign-holding, and more. Our Volunteer Coordinator that year, Frank Cetera, was responsible for recruiting, organizing, and managing 57 different individuals, a major accomplishment.
I am also very thankful of all of you who supported my campaign through a financial donation. And I am asking you today to do the same for Frank Cetera with my endorsement.www.votecetera.org/donate
Frank is a first-timer on the ballot this year, though he is an experienced campaigner having worked on a total of 7 campaigns since 2010. If you believed in the platform that I ran on including creating collaborative leadership, decreasing poverty, improving education, making the justice system equitable and women’s rights, then you would naturally support Frank’s platform which contains all of this and more for Syracuse’s future.
To that point, I ask you tonight to visit Frank’s website at www.votecetera.org and learn about him and his campaign (though I know many of you are already familiar with him through his community work such as Permaculture site development, community finance with Cooperative Federal Credit Union, the Near Westside’s Adopt-A-Trashcan program, and more).
So I ask you to donate today, give money to a candidate who has a real shot at winning a position on City Council, of bringing a message of #Dignity for the people to our city’s leadership, and of raising a ruckus for a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs.
Green Party of Onondaga County
p.s. Frank and his campaign team are doing amazing work, and this was recognized recently as they were named one of the "top 6 powerhouse candidates" in the nation by the Green Party United States campaign committee - read all about it here, in a letter written by 2012 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala.