To some extent, it is akin to having somebody tell you whether they like kale more than broccoli or whether they have Nickelback on their playlist instead of Radiohead.
We all have our preferences and are capable of making our own decisions. And if somebody would rather listen to “Rockstar” than “Paranoid Android,” well, we are reluctant to point out their poor taste in music.
The same thinking applies when choosing between political candidates, which is at the forefront of our minds with an election approaching (Election Day, by the way, is Nov. 5). With candidates for city councils and school boards (and one county council race) dotting the ballot, voters are welcome to make their own choices and vote accordingly.
Which brings up the issue of endorsements for one candidate or another. For the purposes of this discussion, we are referring to two different kinds of endorsements. One comes from The Columbian’s Editorial Board; we have been publishing our recommendations for the upcoming races over the past couple weeks, weighing in on various local races with the goal of providing information. Readers are welcome to embrace our opinions or reject them, but we hope the editorials that accompany the recommendations provide a little clarity.
That can be particularly helpful for the races on this year’s ballot. When a newspaper weighs in on the presidential race, it is unlikely to sway voters. But when it comes to a lower-profile school board race, we hope it is helpful to hear from editorial board members who have met with the candidates and examined their credentials. We also post videos of the interviews online to provide additional insight.