Editorial: When listening isn’t enough

Whether it is a race for U.S. president or dog catcher, this applies at least in part to many contested races. Sadly, the result of all this is many begin to focus more on how campaigns are run than what candidates would do once in office, which is a disservice not only to voters but to the system as a whole.

With campaign finance laws getting even looser, it is more important than ever members of the electorate take responsibility not simply for the votes they cast, but the reasoning that led up to their decisions.

Candidates took the time to speak on a bevy of issues at forums last week, and we’ve done our best to relay their positions in our stories here. We hope you will ultimately be swayed by whether you agree with their stated visions, plans or beliefs — not anonymous attacks or slick politicking.

And once you’ve cast your vote, be sure to visit spotlightnews.com on Thursday evening, where we’ll be posting results and election night coverage after the polls close at 9 p.m.

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