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November 3, 2012

Why Did My Newspaper Do That? Cape Ann's interests are primary basis of endorsements

The home stretch for the election season also means an important season for newspapers and other media outlets as well.

That’s the endorsement season. And if you’ve been following the Opinion pages of the Gloucester Daily Times and our online gloucestertimes.com this past week, you would have noticed that we endorsed Republican Scott Brown for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat on Monday and Democrat John Tierney for a ninth term in his U.S. House seat on Friday.

This is an odd election year for us at the Times. While our colleagues around the North Shore and Merrimack Valley have also been dealing with local state representative and state Senate races, the state House and Senate regions we cover do not include a single contest, with state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, whose district includes Gloucester, Rockport and Essex, Rep. Brad Hill, who represents Manchester, and state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester all running unopposed.

We could and likely would have endorsed them, as we had in the past, but there’s no need to make any endorsements in uncontested races. And while Democrat Eileen Duff of Gloucester is in a contested race for Governor’s Council with Haverhill Republican Maura Ciardiello, there’s relatively little to choose between them for that seat other than the fact that Duff is from Gloucester and would bring a Cape Ann perspective to that body. Neither is a lawyer, and in that vein, either would bring the kind of fresh new outlook that the council needs.

We also endorsed “no” votes on Questions 2 and 3 – opposing the assisted suicide bill and the bill allowing the use of medicinal marijuana – and we urged a “yes” vote on Question 1 to better protect consumers through the “right to repair” initiative. But we formally endorsed only the candidates for the congressional and Senate seats. And no, we will not be making an endorsement for president.

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