October 27, 2009
What effect, if any, do endorsement of civic groups, elected officials, newspapers, etc. have on your vote for a candidate?
For positions such as port commissioners or judges, where I don’t know the job or the candidate, endorsements are part of my process in choosing one candidate over another. The voter’s handbook is another resource.
Jim Harris, Issaquah
I benefit from presentations in print and in person where candidates are given opportunity to respond in a dialogue or forum. In the dialogue or forum, candidates should be given critical questions on issues that touch on the elected office they will fill. At the end of the process of community conversation, it is helpful if endorsements express where the endorser agreed or disagreed within the deliberation.
Don Burnett, Issaquah
Very little — in fact, some endorsements persuade me not to vote for a candidate. Most folks don’t need someone else to tell them how to vote. For the right candidate, with the right cause, I will vote across the aisle.
Mark Bowers, Issaquah
Having gone through the process (twice) myself — I can tell you it’s meaningless and only confirms your own biases about the endorsers.
Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah
If it is a toss up between a couple of candidates in a voter’s mind, their endorsements can be used to vote for or against a candidate.
Ken Sessler, Issaquah
The endorsements give me a general idea of the candidate’s agenda, but little else.
Fred Nystrom, Issaquah
It does give an idea of what values they represent.
Barbara Extract, Issaquah
A group endorsement can indicate if a candidate’s message and voting record are consistent, and if not, then there’s more to learn.
Michelle Kolano, Issaquah
None. Endorsements are static and background noise. I’ll make up my own mind, thank you.
Rick Fournier, Issaquah
I find these endorsements, along with the reasons behind them, to be very valuable in my decision-making. The newspapers and the Municipal League are especially helpful to use along with the voter’s guide. Since it is not against the law to lie on campaign materials, I don’t pay much attention to TV ads, phone calls, etc., especially if they are negative.
Laurel Redecker, Issaquah