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 thinks part of its responsibility is to help citizens sort through campaign issues and rhetoric.
An endorsement represents the consensus 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.
This year, the paper will recommend in the governor, attorney general and auditor races. The paper traditionally has not endorsed for agriculture commissioner, secretary of state or treasurer — positions the board feels should be appointed. This year, those candidates are allowed a statement, beginning with the ag commissioner race on Page 3.
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Unendorsed candidates who met with the editorial board are allowed 250-word responses, to be received by noon Wednesday.