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2020 Election: Star Editorial Board Endorsements
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2020 Election: Star Editorial Board Endorsements

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Endorsements are becoming a thing of the past as more and more Editorial Boards decide they are too divisive, too condescending, too likely to upset half of the readership.

The Arizona Daily Star’s Editorial Board talked about all those things this year, but ultimately decided not to follow the crowd. We believe that our Tucson community is strong enough to have lively discussions about candidates and issues. We know that Tucsonans can agree, and disagree, and remain connected to each other and work together.

The Arizona Daily Star’s Editorial Board is comprised of President and Publisher John D’Orlando, our top newsroom leader Editor Jill Jorden Spitz, Opinion editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen and Opinion writer and producer Edward Celaya. Cartoonist and columnist David Fitzsimmons is part of the Opinion team, but is not part of the Editorial Board.

The Editorial Board and the Star’s news reporters and editors operate independently of each other.

We’ve held 25 candidate interviews since early September via Zoom, and many Star readers joined the conversations. You can find the recordings of those candidate chats here.

The Editorial Board discusses each candidate in each race, and comes to an agreement on who we think will do the job best. We research the candidates’ experience, track records, ideas. We do not pay attention to political party; over the years we have endorsed candidates across the political spectrum.

We share our endorsements because readers tell us they find them valuable, whether they are used to decide whom to vote for, or against. We take our public service mission to heart.

Let’s get this conversation going.

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