Every mother that I know has wrestled with the needs they face at home and the desire they have to contribute something larger to society. So when I learned Vanessa Glushefski was throwing herself back in the race for Buffalo comptroller after Mark Schroeder stepped down, even with a baby at home, I knew that that step was not without great consideration and personal cost.
Every woman I know has a story of being passed up for the promotion, of having their idea misattributed to a male peer, of being spoken over at the table. So when I learned that a few less qualified white men were prepared to speak over a CPA and an attorney and ask that they receive the appointment, for a job she was already doing? I felt an anger all women can relate to.
The Common Council must be aware that we are all watching their move here. There is not one person on their list of considerations with the skills and experience that Vanessa brings to the job. A career as a legislator does not prepare one for a position in finance. Being a council member’s son is certainly not a qualification.
Our city deserves skilled leadership. It deserves diverse and representative leadership. And it currently has neither.