Dan Cogan, Alderperson, Ithaca’s 5th Ward

Why I’m supporting Svante – Dan Cogan

July 10, 2011


I’m supporting Svante because he is an incredibly gifted and impressive young elected leader who also happens to be the most qualified candidate in the race to be mayor. I am well aware that Svante does not have the most legislative experience of the candidates in the race, yet I am convinced that he is the most qualified candidate nonetheless. Quite frankly, legislative experience is not what matters to be a good mayor. The simple fact is that the mayor of Ithaca has very little direct power to make things happen. The power of the mayor comes from being able to inspire people to follow. What matters are leadership ability, people skills, intelligence, ability to learn quickly, vision, and a sense of humor. Svante is the candidate who best embodies these skills.


In serving on Common Council with Svante over the last three and a half years, I have repeatedly been taken by his seriousness and thoughtfulness as well as his ability to articulate his positions on the issues in a compelling way. More than once, when I was unsure about how to vote on certain issues, I found Svante’s comments to be what I needed to make up my mind and cast my vote. I hope you will join me in voting for an incredibly gifted leader, Svante Myrick.

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