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Our Opinion: Our support, and why

March 04, 2002

We recently had an employee who insisted this newspaper had no right and no place to do endorsements of candidates and initiatives. Others in the community have said the same.

We do endorsements at the Press for only one reason — we want the Imperial Valley to do well. It is in our best interest to have a strong, vibrant, corruption-free county led by top-flight, caring leaders.

Simply, we support candidates who will make this valley prosper, because if this Valley prospers, so do we. That may sound selfish, but if we are doing well here at the newspaper, the Valley is doing well. We don't endorse because someone has grand ambitions for himself or herself. We support those who care about all of us.

Frankly, the endorsements probably cost us money. Those advertising with us have been known to yank their advertisements because we have not endorsed their candidacies. The lack of our support often gives candidates one more platform on which to run, that of running against the big, bad newspaper. That's fine, really, although we don't think our endorsements carry any more weight, and probably less weight, than those of some other organizations in this county.

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Despite all the work that goes into interviewing all the candidates and the strife that comes from our endorsements, we will continue endorsing in the foreseeable future, because we think it is the right thing to do for our community. That said, here are the candidates we endorse in the Tuesday's local elections:

County sheriff - Harold Carter

County supervisor District 5 - Esteban "Steve" Vasquez

County supervisor District 1 - Victor Carrillo

Imperial Irrigation District director Division 5 - Rudy Maldonado

IID director Division 3 - Lloyd Allen

IID director Division 1 - Andy Horne

Calexico City Council (two seats) - Javier Alatorre, Henry Legaspi

Measure B (Calexico) - yes

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