The Statesman editorial board is in the midst of interviewing more than 70 candidates for federal, state and local office.
Our paper plans to endorse in more than 40 elections.
One exception will be the presidential race.
This isn’t an unprecedented decision — our paper didn’t endorse in the 2012 GOP presidential caucus, nor the 2008 Democratic caucus and GOP primary, despite Idaho appearances from candidates of both party.
And really, it comes down to a simple difference between the president’s race and the other races.
When it comes to candidates for everything from Congress to Ada County Highway District, our editorial board has the chance to interview the candidates in depth. Just as important, we have had a chance to watch the candidates up close, in elected service or in the community.
Access to the candidates, and institutional knowledge, allows us to make better-informed endrosements. Readers don’t always agree with our picks, and I appreciate that. But I also think we have a unique perspective we can bring to these endorsements.
That doesn’t mean I won’t write about presidential politics in this space, as I have in the past. But as for endorsements, we’ve decided to focus our time and resources on the rest of a crowded ballot.