Endorsement editorials start Saturday
We know what many of you are thinking: What gives you the right to tell us how to vote? Why does a newspaper even bother to endorse candidates these days?
Well, it’s a tradition, for one. Besides, a colleague in a national organization of editorial writers once astutely pointed out that newspapers editorialize and criticize or applaud decisions our elected officials make throughout the year; so why would newspapers stay silent about the most important political decision of the year?
We’re giving dozens and dozens of our readers space to share their views on whom they favor in various races this fall. Yet the Gazette Editorial Board has one advantage that the average reader does not: We get chances for face time with most of these candidates. We get to ask them questions we think best reveal which candidates are on the ball and have the right ideas for leading our state and nation forward.
So we’ll share our opinions in our endorsement editorials now through Sunday, Nov. 4, the date we’ll offer our perspectives on the presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
You can use these endorsement editorials to further your understanding of the candidates and issues while making your voting decisions. Or you can ignore them. The choice is yours.
We value your views and hope our readers do, too, when we print your letters. We hope many of our readers still value our opinions, as well.
First up, on Saturday, is our endorsement in the 31st Assembly District race pitting Republican Rep. Amy Loudenbeck of Clinton against Delavan Democrat Ryan Schroeder.
Loudenbeck was elected two years ago to serve the 45th District, but redistricting has shifted her home into the 31st District. Schroeder’s Delavan home is more than a mile outside the 31st District’s new boundaries, but he points out that he grew up in Delavan and will move into the district if elected.