yesterday, 03/06/2014 at 5:37pm
After a two-month campaign, a month’s worth of yard signs and a few candidate forums, it’s your turn, voters, to select the right people for three seats on Town Council.
The Island Sand Paper has tried to do its part by providing voters with information about the candidates, their opinions in their own words and answers to questions on issues that the next council will face.
We’ve been asked which candidates we endorse. The answer is none. It is our belief that the decision on who represents you should be yours.
We know it’s a long-held tradition in the newspaper world to endorse candidates. We’ve heard the rationale that those in the newspaper business probably know more about the issues and candidates than most voters have time to learn. We’ve heard it’s a newspaper’s responsibility to endorse candidates. We also know that the history of endorsements by newspapers is tainted with corruption and pay-to-play backroom deals in some communities. We don’t want any hint of favoritism to color our election coverage or our editorial policy.
There are many well-respected newspapers that are proponents of endorsements. And we do not assume nor wish to imply that there is anything wrong or shady about their policy or procedures for endorsements. We simply have come to a different conclusion on our role as a community newspaper in local elections.
We do however want to encourage a community dialogue and have welcomed the many Letters to the Editor Islanders have written in support of their choices to fill those three seats. The last two weeks have seen record numbers of letters regarding the election.
But now, it’s your turn. Five candidates for three seats means two qualified candidates are going to walk away on the losing end of Tuesday’s election.