Candidates for public office - rules of engagement

Sunday, May 12, 2013

It is campaign season and we are starting to publish local candidate announcements. So readers can review candidate information, we have set up a section on the front page under Features. Click "candidates" and you will get a list of all the current, local candidates for public office that we have published.

We will also publish notices of campaign kick-offs as the campaigns send them.

Comments will not be allowed for announcements or kick-offs. Letters to the Editor of 300 words or less will be published at the rate of one per person, per topic, per month. If a candidate or letter writer is challenged, they will be allowed a rebuttal letter. As always, writers are expected to follow rules of civility and we reserve the right to refuse to publish any letter.

We will publish announcements of candidate forums and try to cover as many as possible.

In the past, we have had local candidates answer questions and we published the answers. Tell us if that was useful and what you would like to hear from candidates. Write to us.


Anonymous,  May 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM  

Good ideas. When asking questions of the candidates, please make sure to press them for specifics, not some talking points, such as this one I've seen: "making Shoreline safer, healthier, and more sustainable." It's almost impossible to have a different view from those. Instead, get them to tell us how, perhaps using the job-seeker's guideposts of "problem, action, resolution." What was - is this case - are the problems that you (the candidate) sees as to why Shoreline isn't as safe as it could be (nobody would dare say it's not safe, even if it was). What specific actions would you take to address those problems? How would those actions resolve the problems? How does your (the candidate's) approach contrast with your opponent's view on this subject, if they've expressed one?

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