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October 14, 2008
Elections are always exciting ” and occasionally overwhelming ” times for local newspapers.
By my best count, 11 contested local races will be decided on the November ballot. Add to that a couple races for state assembly and state senate, and a hotly contested U.S. House of Representatives seat, and we’ve got our hands full getting information out to local voters.
The Sierra Sun is profiling the races in a series of question-and-answer segments that began running in last Wednesday’s paper. If you missed any of the election coverage (we’ve profiled the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Measure U and the Placer County Supervisor seat so far, and have published articles from election forums on the local school board and town council races) check out our election coverage to date online at http://www.sierrasun.com/election2008. It’s all there on one Web page.
I, for one, am particularly excited about this election. And it’s not just because I find the presidential race unnaturally riveting.
The local races this November have some very intriguing backdrops. The school district board seats are contested by candidates endorsed by the teachers union political action committee ” just weeks after teachers and the district ended tempestuous negotiations.
The Truckee Donner Public Utility District has a gaggle of candidates vying for a board seat less than two years after the utility district turned down a 50-year coal contract and formed a committee to explore aggressive energy conservation concepts.
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The Tahoe City Public Utility District will have some new faces on board as the public utility wrestles with whether to take over private water systems on the North Shore.
I know I didn’t mention each race here, but every district or governmental post has compelling reasons to draw voters ” most of them can be boiled down to the water you drink, the areas you recreate in, and the look and feel of your community.
And, given the recent meltdown of our financial systems, gas prices and a couple wars going on, I don’t think I have to throw out any more reasons why voters should turn out to the polls to vote for the U.S. House of Representatives race or other national races.
So get out and vote ” early polls and mail-in voters can vote now ” and check the Sierra Sun election coverage in print and online to hear the candidates discuss the issues.
Another way that you can tell election season is here is the Sierra Sun’s opinion page is jam packed with letters and guest columns.
The opinion page can be entertaining, informative and … well …. opinionated. We want to keep the opinion page that way, so, as we do each election season, we have a couple rules to ensure fairness.
The general rules apply: No anonymous letters; no form letters; no letters that could be libelous or in bad taste; and keep letters under 350 words and guest columns under 750 words.
The Sun has one more rule to guard against a last-minute attack on a candidate that gives the other party no time to respond.
We will not be running letters and guest columns on election matters after Wednesday, Oct. 29. All election letters must be received by Monday, Oct. 27.
So get your letters in well before that date if you want to see them published.
And, as always, thanks for writing.