Election letters policy

As we enter another election season, we’d like to let readers and candidates know about our publication and letters policies. These policies will be enforced until the November election.

We will not publish announcements about the makeup of the campaign staff, photos of the candidate with any members of civic groups in which they are affiliated or which are endorsing the candidate, or any other photos or written statements which are not directly related to the issues of the campaign.

Endorsements may be made through a letter to the editor.

Letters to the editor must include the writer’s full name, which will be published, and street address and phone number, which will not be shared.

Writers have a 250-word maximum and will only be considered for publication once a month. We may make exceptions for writers responding to personal charges.We won’t publish anonymous letters or letters signed with only an organization name.

No letters from residents outside the newspaper’s coverage area will be published unless that person represents an endorsing organization.

Candidates may write letters addressing issues or responding to charges.

The last negative letters about candidates will run two issues prior to the election, so the candidates have a chance to respond. We run only endorsements the last week before the election.

Letter writers are responsible for supplying legitimate sources and documentation for their allegations. All letters are subject to editing, and those with statements that cannot be easily substantiated may not be published.

 

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