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November 26, 2014

An open door to candidates

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

Earlier this week, members of The Galveston County Daily News Editorial Board sat down for a visit with a candidate running for public office.

It was an educational and spirited discussion. And, in the end, we believe everyone came away with a much better understanding of the issues facing our community.

We mention this not because it is unusual, but because we thought it might be helpful for everyone to understand that we at The Galveston County Daily News are always open to visiting with candidates.

Sometimes, people want to take us to task for making endorsements — inferring we sit in our offices and make decisions based solely on whatever we read in our own newspaper. But the truth is far from this fact.

The Galveston County Daily News actively seeks out information from personal visits with candidates, holds public forums and offers extensive questionnaires to help candidates outline and explain their positions.

Furthermore, we listen to what our subscribers have to say as well as what we might hear at the local coffee shop. Essentially, we try to get as much information as possible before making such endorsements. And it is the culmination of all this effort that we hope will assist our readers in making better and more informed decisions.

So, we’d like to take this space to make sure everyone understands we at The Galveston County Daily News are always open to sit down with a candidate for public office. Should the candidate running to represent you be interested in this opportunity to tell their story beyond what a yard sign or list of talking points can convey, the opportunity exists for them to do so.

As we mentioned, this service is something we gladly perform on behalf of our community. These sessions can go a long way in clarifying proposed positions or establishing a stronger line of communication between a candidate and the community.

If you are a candidate and would like to learn more, please feel free to email Heber Taylor at heber.taylor@galvnews.com.

We’ll put on a fresh pot of coffee and look forward to visiting.

• Leonard Woolsey