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Voters not given information

I count on the “Candidates Statement of Qualifications” in the Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet to aid my decisions. We’re often unaware of the qualifications of judges, board members, fire chiefs, etc.

I asked Joseph Buck Stoval, who ran for Nevada County Board of Education Governing Board trustee, why his statement wasn’t in the pamphlet. He said it was too expensive to submit. If the amount quoted is correct, I wouldn’t have either. I checked, and the pamphlet does clearly state that candidate statements are optional and “printed at the expense of the candidate.”

This pamphlet is a major source of information for voters, many of whom may use it as their ONLY source. I’m disappointed that local candidates must pay for their submission; candidates with money have greater chances of winning; the amount paid isn’t publicized; and it’s optional!

It would be nice if all voters were well informed of candidates and issues, but it’s not reality. Without this important source, we’ll never come close! I’m sure most of us don’t know anything about the judges voted in, and their statements weren’t included. Candidate statements should be required and paid for by tax dollars. I thought they were.

Julie Taylor

Penn Valley

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