The Herald-Leader believes the tradition of candidate endorsements enhances interest and participation in the civic process — whether readers agree with the paper's choices or not. The newspaper has unusual access to candidates and their backgrounds, and it believes part of its responsibility is to help citizens sort through campaign issues and rhetoric.
An endorsement represents the opinion of the newspaper's editorial board, listed at the bottom of this page. Editorial board decisions have no connection to the news coverage of political races. The McClatchy Co., which owns the Herald-Leader, plays no role in the endorsements.
Unendorsed candidates who took the time to meet with the editorial board are allowed a published response.