The Post-Star editorial board – which consists of seven people including myself – has already had 11 meetings with candidates who will be on the ballot in November.
It’s election season.
This is a local election year and voters must decide who will represent them as town board members and supervisors.
I’ve often said that these races have far greater impact on your taxes and your community than anything that goes on in Washington. You should pay attention.
Our editorial board is here to help.
We will be scheduling 30-minute meetings with candidates across the region before making an endorsement. In recent weeks, we have been meeting with Glens Falls candidates for the Common Council, mayor and supervisor races. Those endorsements will begin to appear in this coming week.
There are always some who believe we should not endorse candidates. They seem to believe it must influence our coverage of the races. They believe it makes us partisan.
I don’t believe that to be true.
Our editorial board consists of three citizen representatives, our controller/production manager, publisher, projects editor and me. Only two of us are in the editorial department, but even then we leave the reporters to cover races as they see fit.
Reporters are not part of the decision-making process for the endorsement and stay above the fray.
Before we are finished this election season, we will have met 25 to 30 candidates, and hope to endorse in all the competitive supervisor races.
Our philosophy is to simply pick the best person for the job.
We believe that our ability to sit down with a candidate for 30 minutes – something regular voters can’t do – gives us a unique insight into who might best serve the public interests.
That said, we are just seven members of the community, and I urge you all to make up your own mind. But I also urge you to do your research.
Hopefully, our endorsement editorials will provide one measuring stick.