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Our View: Information critical in elections

Posted: October 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.

The political season has begun, and there are many candidates running for a litany of elective positions, some whose names are on the ballot in just a few weeks, and some in more than a year.

During this early phase of the democratic process, more than anything, voters need information. Media outlets, such as The Signal, are the channel through which voters receive information to make informed, educated decisions when they enter the polling booth or sit down with an absentee ballot at their kitchen tables.

It’s the obligation of candidates to explain why they are running.

We are here to tell voters why it is the candidates are running and what qualifications they have to serve in the positions they seek.

From water district boards to school district boards to City Council to state Assembly to Congress — all candidates must provide sufficient background information and reasons why they want the various jobs they seek.

Once a candidate publicly declares to run — whether filing official papers or informally declaring candidacy — it’s his or her duty to provide information on qualifications and goals. It’s our duty to give that message to the voters.

Information is a vital ingredient in the democratic process — just as vital before a candidate takes office as afterward. This is a system set up by and for the people, so it only makes sense to have as many of those people in the loop as possible.

We at The Signal are proud of our role in the democratic process, and we call on all those seeking public office to keep us informed so we can keep our readers informed, and thereby keep a running dialogue with their future bosses: the voting public.


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