The Gazette’s editorial board is meeting with dozens of candidates who are running for county, state and federal offices this fall. A process which began in recent days likely will stretch into October.
We’ll be asking these candidates questions on a wide array of issues important to our readers and our region, as we have for decades. We’ll be getting to know more about the candidates we’re meeting for the first time, and get a chance to check in once again with office holders we’ve come to know. It’s a process of give-and-take with our leaders and would-be leaders that provides valuable insights.
And in the end, with all of that information in hand, we’ll make endorsements, also as we have for decades.
This time around, we’re making a few changes in an effort to make our endorsement process more transparent and engaging for our readers. We’ll be shooting video of all of our endorsement interviews and posting it on our website. Interviews in high-stakes statewide and congressional contests also will be pushed to social media.
We’re encouraging you to submit questions to help guide these interviews. Please use the interactive form below. Alternatively, you may send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them in response to one of our solicitations on The Gazette’s Facebook page or the Insight Team’s Twitter feed, @GazetteInsights.
Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of our endorsement process and a clearer sense of how we arrive at our final recommendations. We acknowledge a fair number of our readers dislike endorsements, and some newspapers have stopped weighing in. But we believe it’s a tradition worth sustaining.