Last week’s article we ran on Page 1 about who is giving our local County Commissioner candidates money for their campaigns and how they are spending those donations brought up quite a bit of debate, both on our social media pages and for our print issue this week.
I’m proud of our intent of the coverage, and equally proud of the fact we provide a couple of different platforms for our readers to offer their opinions. If you want to get something off your chest, there is a place you can go to do just that.
I look at it as a very important role the Headlight Herald provides our readership. The OP/ED pages are chalk full of local opinion each week, not just during campaign season, although we get hit hard with endorsement letters this time of year, I believe it’s part of the service we’ve been providing the citizens of Tillamook County since before Tillamook was a city, before there was a County Fair, and longer than any other standing business has been around. So, a very long time (1888 to be exact).
One thing you will not see on our pages are endorsements of candidates.
Some social media posts were saying that we endorsed Adam Schewend for County Commissioner during the primary election. Others said we are endorsing Mary Faith Bell in the general election. Neither are true.
The only thing I can think of is, when Schwend took advantage of our social media ad package during the primary, it looked like it was an endorsement of him when presented on our Facebook page. It was not and now the organizers at Facebook are not allowing these types of boosted political ads during the general election.
Our goal in all of our election coverage whether it is writing a story about the contested Bay City mayor race or helping co-sponsor political forums, is to educate you about the election, the candidates, the measures on the ballot so when you spend your 10 to 15 minutes in the voting booth, you have a better idea of who or what you want in our leadership positions. It’s our job.
We’re lucky here in Tillamook County that we have so many qualified candidates who want our votes, we’re equally lucky both Schwend and Bell have decided to run clean campaigns. After all they both sit on many boards, so their paths will cross no matter who wins in November.
We’re looking forward to working with either candidate as they take office, to bring you the information about their decisions as they lead Tillamook County the next four years. So, get out and vote. If you’re undecided, read our story on Page 1 about what’s on the ballot. This is an important election to all of us in Tillamook County.