Election season is upon us. So that we can publish as many statements and letters as possible, The Forum has some rules and guidelines for candidates, parties, and supporters for the Aug. 14 primary and Nov. 6 general election.
Letters to the editor: Letters touting a candidate or group of candidates must be 100 words or fewer. Longer letters will be rejected; shorter letters will get preference if space becomes an issue. Please include a word count with your letter and a daytime phone number.
A person may write one letter per candidate for the primary and one per candidate for the general election. We will not publish more than one letter from the same person in a single issue nor will we publish letters from candidates regarding their races.
Letters on general election issues may be as long as the usual letter limit of 300 words, but may not be cloaked endorsements (that is, a writer cannot analyze an issue for 250 words and then say, “Joe Smith is the best person for handling this problem.”)
All letters are due no later than noon on Monday; later submissions will be processed to run in the following week’s issue.
No letter critical of candidates will be published in the Aug. 9 or the Nov. 1 issues, the last before the elections.
Political statements: Candidates in contested races may submit up to three political statements explaining their positions to run from the Sept. 13 through the Oct. 25 issues. Statements may be no longer than 250 words and must be received by no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday before publication. Statements longer than 250 words will be rejected in their entirety. The editor reserves the right to post political statements online at theWestonForum.com if space in the print edition necessitates doing so.
Commentaries: Each party will be asked to submit one “commentary” column of up to 500 words, discussing its slate and the slate’s advantages, to be published in the pre-election issue Nov. 1. The deadline is Oct. 25 at noon.
Pictures: Parties and candidates may electronically submit campaign-related photos with a short caption (not articles). Photos should be in jpg format and should not be compressed or altered in any way. Pictures will be used on a space-available basis only.
Deadlines: The letters, political statements, and commentaries deadlines, as well as the word limits for each, will be strictly enforced. All submissions should be sent by email to editor@theWestonForum.com.
Fair play: We expect candidates and supporters to stick to issues and not indulge in personal attacks on candidates. If letters or statements contain strong or serious charges against an opponent, we may offer the opponent a chance to respond. We may reject any letter or statement we think is unfair, libelous or in poor taste.