I would think it isn’t necessary to say this, but here it is: When The Times-Advocate publishes a profile of a candidate for public office, like, say, the Board of Supervisors, or U.S. Congress or the city council, that is not an endorsement of that particular candidate.
In the case of the 50th Congressional district, for instance, it is our intention to write profiles of all of the candidates, Republican and Democrat, before the March primary. People who haven’t been following this issue closely (i.e. those who are not political junkies) may not be aware that California has moved its primary from the traditional June date to March. This has been done to make the Golden State more of a player in picking the Democratic nominee for president. It was undoubtedly done to give U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California a big advantage in the 2020 presidential campaign.
It also has the effect of moving the primary for all offices in California up to March, instead of June. That means that the election season has now started several months earlier than it would have normally. Since the two candidates who will meet each other in the November election in the Board of Supervisors’ 3rd District, 50th Congressional District, Escondido City Council, and other offices will be chosen in March, that gives new urgency to candidates wanting to get themselves “out there” to their constituents.
For the rest of us that simply means that the endless election season is well, even more endless. It’s like making the ocean more wet.
So, from now on until March we will be busy interviewing and publishing profiles of the various candidates for local offices. We will try in most cases to run those profiles on the front page. Our goal is to be as fair as possible with every candidate and give our readers a chance to get to know those they are interested in finding out more about.
In no case does publishing a profile mean that we endorse anyone. I flatter myself as having the ability to present the views and opinions of any candidate in such a way as to maximize that candidate’s message. What that means in practical terms is that you shouldn’t be able to tell from my article whether I agree or disagree, or even violently disagree with the candidate.
My style of interviewing consists of sitting down with the candidate and getting that candidate to open up about his or her views. That includes whatever the candidate might happen to say about his or her opponents. I do not then contact the candidate’s opponents and ask them to respond to any of the criticisms or attacks.
They are welcome to respond in the next edition, or to request an interview of their own.
So, to repeat: We will be running a lot of candidate interviews in the paper. Doing so does not constitute an endorsement. Keep reading!