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Bridges a clear choice in commissioner race

Apr 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

By The News-Register Editorial Board

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11:40 am - Fri, April 18 2014
Spongebob said:
" a year of county government turnover that will include....for the first time in anyone’s memory, two new commissioners."

What's with all the short-term memory loss down at the NR?

County government welcomed "two new commissioners" following the 2002 election, as well as following the 1994 election.

It is true that this is the first commissioner election, in quite some time, featuring two races without an incumbent seeking re-election, but that requires a different statement.

It is too bad that the NR will refrain from making an endorsement for the other commissioner race. I understand erring on the side of caution to avoid any appearance of insider bias, or possibly creating a hostile work environment for Sal, but I think it short-changes the readers of the newspaper, as well as the other candidates who may be looking for an honest assessment of their fit in the community, through the eyes of local media.
01:09 pm - Fri, April 18 2014
Don Dix said:
Well put, Spongebob, well put indeed!
08:50 am - Fri, April 25 2014
Jeb Bladine said:
Absolutely correct about the misstatement concerning "two new commissioners." It represented a mental glitch stemming from an earlier recognition that it's the first time in memory with no incumbents in the races, thus guaranteeing two new commissioners. As you note, incumbents have lost in previous elections, resulting in two new commissioners.
As for the other race, we followed a long-standing policy, last used when former News-Register Viewpoints Editor Cassie Sollars ran for county commissioner.
Your interest in our thoughts about that race would have been lost in a flurry of criticism if we endorsed Sal, and as you noted, our workplace would suffer if we endorsed a different candidate. With that kind of built-in conflict of interests, we chose to sit that one out as we have done in the past.

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