A few guidelines for the upcoming election season

With election season upon us, and the candidate filing period underway, we feel it is a good time to let our local candidates and our readers know how we plan to handle this season’s election coverage.

ECM Publishers Inc., the parent company of this newspaper, believes coverage of elections from start to finish is important. Following are some of the guidelines we embrace toward fulfilling fair and consistent election coverage as adopted by our ECM Editorial Board.

Filing statements

Candidates are allotted one free filing statement announcing their candidacy. The announcement needs to be 300 words or less and may include the candidate’s photo. We will run all filing statements in our June 11 issue. Please email filing statements to [email protected] A confirmation email will be sent to you that we received your filing statement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, call 763-691-6014. Any filing statements sent after Friday, June 6, will not be accepted. We reserve the right to edit filing statements. A candidate’s website, Facebook page or other social media sites will not be included with their filing statements.

The filing period is open now and closes June 3 for federal, state, county commissioner and city council races. For North Branch School Board, filing is July 29 to August 12. Election Day is Nov. 4.

Candidates who would like to advertise with the Post Review can contact Helen Rosing at [email protected] or 763-691-6025.

Letter to the editor policy

Our letters policy applies to political letters, and letters must be 300 words or less. All letters must be signed, and include an address and phone number for verification purposes only. No letters to the editor regarding campaign issues will be published in the issue immediately preceding the election. If letters are submitted containing a challenge or allegation about a candidate that requires a response or rebuttal, the candidate will be allowed to respond.

In most instances, letters signed by the candidates will not be accepted, but the candidate will be able to submit rebuttal letters. Otherwise, the candidate’s opinion can be published in an advertisement.

Notices of fundraisers will not be published, unless someone of news prominence, such as the governor, were to attend. In general, endorsements, such as from political action committees, will not be published.

Notices of political gatherings will be noted in our newspaper with date, time and place only.

We will publish a Voter’s Guide in October prior to the Nov. 4 general election.

With regard to communication, consider the explanation of these guidelines as a helpful tool for readers and particularly those involved with political campaigns.

Questions? I can be reached at 763-691-60124 or via email at [email protected] Filing statements are preferred via email, but can be dropped off or mailed to the Post Review, 234 S. Main St., Cambridge, MN 55008.

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