We are about to enter what many around town call the “silly season.” In other words, the elections are almost upon us.
As the newspaper with the most in-depth and comprehensive coverage every election season, we feel it is also our responsibility to be transparent with our readers and the candidates about policies, procedures and the dos and don’ts of election season.
We also want to let everyone know of some new guidelines we have put into place at the Lee’s Summit Journal to better inform and educate everyone as we head toward April 8.
Effective now and through the spring election, we are going to encourage letters to the editor from our public regarding campaign-related issues and candidates. Letters should be 250 words or less and be submitted from the original author, having not run in any other publication.
The Journal will not accept “form” letters that support candidates or letters from political action groups that are not signed by a single author.
Letters to the editor for the April 8 election must be submitted to the Lee’s Summit Journal, with full name, city of origin and daytime phone number by March 21. Any letter rebutting a claim or in response to a previously published piece may be submitted by March 28. All letters will be run by April 2.
Political endorsements from union, professional or other groups that wish to share their backing can do so in the form of a paid advertisement.
The Journal will profile candidates for Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board and the Lee’s Summit City Council through questionnaires and feature stories throughout the election season and leading up to April 8.
The Journal will not publish political “photo opportunities” or announcements of political fundraising parties or activities.
We trust you will find this coverage to be balanced and indicative of the newspaper of record in Lee’s Summit.
If you have questions or concerns about our coverage, please contact me at any time.
We take our responsibility to bring fair and complete election coverage to you seriously. We take the time to help plan political forums in conjunction with our active Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and will hold candidates accountable for political actions, spending and promises made during the election season.
And, of course, we welcome you to join in the conversation.
John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lees Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail email@example.com.