So far, we have endorsed four Republicans and two Democrats. We still have two more partisan races to endorse — U.S. Senate (Patty Murray vs. Tiffany Smiley) and 3rd Congressional District (Joe Kent vs. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.) So it’s possible we may end up with a tie.
I’ll try to tell this to the next person who calls me — usually not a subscriber — and accuses us of only endorsing one party’s candidates, or reflecting only liberal or conservative views on our Opinion pages. But, I doubt they will listen.
I’ve been covering politics since the first Reagan administration, and I have to say I think that just in the last couple of years, I have seen the most extreme candidates and the worst partisanship.
This disturbs me, but probably that is because of my political views. Personally, I love a moderate candidate, the kind who listens and responds, who thinks independently yet can be convinced, and who is more concerned about good governance than “winning.” That’s why I’m happy we endorsed both Republicans and Democrats this year, and why I will gladly vote for some of each when I get my ballot in about a week.
On the flip side, I also see some races this year where both candidates seem exceptionally strong. For example, after interviewing both candidates for secretary of state, I am still undecided.
Some local races where I think voters can’t go wrong, no matter whom they support: 17th District House (both races); 18th District House (again, both races); Clark County Council, District 1 (Glen Yung vs. Hector Hinojosa) and Clark Public Utilities commissioner. In all those races, our editorial board, of which I am a member, interviewed both candidates and did other research. What I heard and discovered made me glad that such qualified people are willing to step up and run for public office at a time when politics have become so mean-spirited and personally nasty.
Finally, please vote this November. Democracy needs informed voters like you, especially this year.