Solid list of candidates to pick from
A common question in recent weeks has been, “Will The Union endorse any local candidates?” The Editorial Board’s decision was to conduct a comprehensive examination of each candidate for county supervisor and Nevada City City Council, then tell our readers if we felt any of them were not ready for prime time.
That was not the case. We found all of them to be intelligent and well-informed. They bring a variety of political and life experiences and offer viewpoints that are diverse without being extremist. Most important, they all expressed a desire to work collaboratively to find common ground in dealing with the multitude of problems facing us.
Having said that, as the campaign winds down, we have been disappointed that two candidates have been tempted to stray from focusing on issues. District 1 supervisor candidate Olivia Diaz’s recent mailer misuses partial quotes by her opponent, Nate Beason. Some are blurbs from columns written for The Union two years ago, which, by design, were point-counterpoint comments about opposing columnists’ views, not about Diaz or issues relevant to 2004. Others are taken from Beason’s recent interview with the Editorial Board which, when read in context, offer a different meaning. No doubt the same results could be achieved by selecting “sound bites” from Diaz’s transcript.
In Supervisor District 2, challenger Steve O’Rourke’s strategy has shifted from south county issues – a regional sewer, a need for parks and opposition to housing development – to tarring incumbent Sue Horne with broad-brush references to “politicians who are bought and paid for” by growth interests.
We believe both candidates are responding to poor political advice, seriously miscalculating the mood of a public that had enough of this kind of behavior in the 2002 campaign.
For this election, Nevada County’s citizens have a wealth of information to use when making a decision about whom to support. The Election Central Web site at http://www.TheUnion.com/election has the complete transcripts of those hour-long interviews with each candidate, along with links to in-depth profiles, story archives, Election Day questions and more.
Voters are encouraged in these last days to challenge candidates to be specific about their plans to deal with our problems, not about what their opponents may or may not do.
Read, listen, make up your own mind, and vote Tuesday, March 2.
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