The general election is a month away. That means I am beginning the endorsement process in earnest.
After the primary election, which was jam-packed with local races, this one is a piece of cake. For the June primary, my staff and I interviewed 24 candidates. At an hour a piece, we spent 24 hours on that project. Then, we had to corral candidates to submit completed questionnaires and mug shots.
I believe the effort was worth it, however.
This time we have two judges' races: District II and magistrate. We've met with one candidate; we have three to go. There are races for U.S. representative and senator. We also have ballot questions and proposed constitutional amendments. And, yeah, there's a race for president.
We take our endorsements seriously. I'll be doing a lot of reading and listening these days.
Look in the Oct. 25 edition for our choices.
While I am writing about the election, I want to urge anyone who is inspired to submit an op-ed piece about a candidate, a ballot question or the election in general. The last issue we will run those is Oct. 25 so get them to us, preferably by email, by Monday Oct. 22. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.