About the Star Tribune's political endorsement process

  • Updated: October 20, 2010 - 3:08 PM

Over the past month, members of the Star Tribune Editorial Board have met with about 75 candidates who will be on the ballot Nov. 2 in key national, state and local races.

Starting with today's editorial on the gubernatorial race and continuing through Oct. 28, we'll make endorsements in about two dozen races, ranging from Dakota County sheriff to U.S. Congress. Over the years we've found that most readers, whether they agree with us or not, want our views on important issues of the day, including elections. Our goal is to provide well-researched opinions that voters can use to make their own choices.

We've focused on races we think are especially competitive or newsworthy. The fact that we did not offer an endorsement in a specific race should not be read as support for an incumbent or challenger.

Readers are sometimes confused about how endorsement decisions are made. Because of the separation of the newsgathering and opinion-writing staffs at the Star Tribune, our endorsements represent only the views of the Editorial Board, based on its own candidate interviews and reporting. Editors and reporters from the Star Tribune's newsroom do not participate in endorsement decisions.

My Editorial Board colleagues are editorial writers Jill Burcum, Denise Johnson, John Rash and Lori Sturdevant; commentary editor D.J. Tice; Publisher and CEO Michael J. Klingensmith, and Chairman Michael T.P. Sweeney. The board also enlisted the reporting help of veteran journalists Betty Wilson, Gene Lahammer and Bob Franklin.

If you'd like to learn more about the members of the Editorial Board, go to startribune.com/opinion and click on the names at the top of the page. For background on Klingensmith and Sweeney, go to the leadership section of startribunecompany.com.

As always, we welcome your opinions, especially if you disagree with our endorsement choices. Send your letters to the editor to opinion@startribune.com.



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