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.