Reminder about election guidelines

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

Each candidate running for a local office receives 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 the filing statements each week on page 5 of our newspaper in the next available edition after receipt. 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 for Cambridge City Council, Braham City Council, and the Cambridge-Isanti School Board closed Tuesday, Aug. 14. Candidates running for those offices must submit their filing statement to us by Friday, Aug. 24, for final publication in our Wednesday, Aug. 29 edition. Free filing statements for these races will not be published after the Aug. 29 edition unless as a paid advertisement.

Candidates whose filing period closed on June 5 are no longer accepted except as paid advertisements. We apologize for any inconvenience we cause anyone on this; however, notices about this were run in our May 16, May 30 and June 6 editions.

Letter to the Editor policy

Our letter-to-the-editor policy applies to political letters, and letters must be 350 words or less.

All letters must be signed, and include an address and phone number for verification purposes only; including letters sent by email. No letters to the editor regarding campaign issues will be published in the issue immediately preceding the election, so final publication will be in our Oct. 24 edition. 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 candidates will not be accepted, but the candidate will be able to submit rebuttal letters or a letter regarding an allegation in a news story (as we allowed this week with Alan Duff). Otherwise, the candidate’s opinion can be published in an advertisement.

We will do our best to publish all the letters we can; however, submitting a letter to the editor doesn’t guarantee it will be published. Shorter letters are easier to get in, so please take that into consideration. Preference will also be given to letter writers with an Isanti County address.

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. 6 General Election. All local candidates will be contacted for participation in the Voter’s Guide.

Questions? I can be reached at 763-691-6012 or via email at [email protected] Filing statements are preferred via email, but can be dropped off or mailed to the Isanti County News, 234 South Main St., Cambridge, MN 55008.