The past couple of months have been busy on top of busy.
I commend our newspaper team for working so diligently to manage such a high volume of news and advertising content. Last week, we published an 80 page newspaper, the biggest newspaper we’ve ever printed. Quite a beast to deliver, as well.
Along with everything else we have on our plate, an election year increases the workload that much more.
We had 74 candidates running in contested races for school board, city council, county commissioner, state representative, and state senate.
Historically, we haven’t had issues with e-mailing Candidate Q & A information to candidates running for office.
One unexpected challenge we ran into with this election is that we found out e-mails didn’t always make it to the intended parties.
While the majority of candidates received the Candidate Q & A e-mails, a few of the 74 individuals didn’t receive them. They either ended up in spam folders or didn’t arrive at all. We haven’t seen this happen before, but it may be telling of how e-mail filtering and security measures have become more prevalent.
In this week’s issue, you’ll notice a few “Meet the Candidates” presented for a few of those individuals who didn’t receive e-mails. We felt it was the only fair way to handle this situation, since there was a technology issue.
You’ll also notice that we don’t have any Letters to the Editor or Guest Commentary contributions relating to the election or candidates. As I announced over a month ago, we don’t allow election or candidate-related opinion pieces to be published in the last two issues prior to the election.
While you are waiting for the return of local and friendly debate, we encourage you to vote.