Endorsements for Constitutional Officers and Some Others

Why should anybody care whom I endorse for any elected office? When voters come to the polls after thoroughly researching candidate qualifications, positions on issues, and records of service in the community and prior elective office, nobody needs to care. Unfortunately, many voters do not spend the time to learn about candidates in depth but rely on institutional endorsements (e. g., Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Steering Committee, People for Portsmouth, or The Virginian-Pilot editorial board) or the opinions of family members, neighbors, or community leaders of one type or another. As someone who has spent the last twenty-one years keeping up to date on political issues and candidates in my adopted hometown of Portsmouth, I frequently share my insights with neighbors through conversation or in writing. On the eve of this year’s General Election, I offer you my picks for Portsmouth City Treasurer, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Sheriff, as well as for offices farther up the ballot. Continue reading Endorsements for Constitutional Officers and Some Others