Andrew Gounardes is the Democrat running against Republican Marty Golden for State Senator. I should want to vote for him, but I don’t. How can I vote for a candidate to represent me when I haven’t seen him do anything – even locally?
I’ve lived in Brooklyn my entire life. I’ve owned a home in Bay Ridge for three years. I want someone dependable – that’s Marty. I’ve written e-mail to Mr. Golden’s office asking for help with several things and I always get an immediate response. Marty lives here and loves Bay Ridge as well.
BUT I don’t want to vote for Marty because he turned his back on the teacher’s union. Yet, Andrew Gounardes doesn’t offer me anything. When we get a new mayor, the teacher’s union will be taken care of and the schools will be a priority to our next mayor.
Have I done my research on Gounardes? Yes, for months. In the Spring, I even exchanged words online with Bay Ridge Democrat President, Justin Brannan after they endorsed Gounardes. I told Justin that I thought Gounardes needed to show us he was doing something – ANYTHING REALLY. There has to be some substance or past successes here. Justin thought Gounardes would show he was the best before the election. I haven’t seen anything. All I have seen Gounardes do is shake hands at the subway and parades. I think the Democrats should have endorsed someone less green and more involved in the community.
Even Gounardes website doesn’t show what he’s done for Brooklyn. His site actually addresses Marty Golden over and over. A candidate that has a solid ground doesn’t need to keep addressing their opponent’s views.
I don’t know what I will do on Election Day with their box, but right now I don’t feel like voting either candidate.