Dear Obscure Candidates: Please Seek Endorsements

The East County Magazine site carried an article about an obscure race on the ballot in my area ( It noted how some candidates in that race had rejected the idea of seeking endorsements. Since I rely heavily on endorsements to clue me in on who believes what in these sorts of elections where none of the candidates’ names are at all familiar to me, I offered some comments objecting to this rejection, under the title “Endorsing Endorsements”: ( You are at liberty to add your own thoughts as comments here, on the East County Magazine site, or in both places.

Re: “Other candidates reject the whole idea of endorsements.” I for one hope that in future elections fewer candidates will adopt this attitude. One of the few means available to time-strapped voters for determining whether a given candidate in this sort of low-profile election tends to agree with their stance on issues is a review of endorsements. While populist utopians among us may believe every voter should research the views of every candidate in every election, however minor, before voting, this will never be practical in the real world. Even those of us who, thanks to the Obama economy, technically have the time for such research, probably have more pressing matters to attend to (such as looking for work).

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