Today in the Neighborhood News sections, readers will find various different stories about some of the candidates in the upcoming area primary elections. However, readers wonder why some candidates aren't included in those profiles.
"The election is 2 weeks away," wrote one reader. "You publish a write up on all the candidates. No mention of Cynthia Davis who is running for lt governor on the Constitution Party ticket. She was 8 years in the Mo house! A separate write up should be done!"
Is this an issue of fairness? I'd say yes -- but there's one detail that's important here. Davis is running uncontested for the seat. That means the primary will have no effect on her campaign. I asked the politics staff about it, and they tell me both Constitution Party candidates will get coverage before the general election, when voters will be able to choose their names on ballots. That seems like better timing to me than to run the stories before the primaries.
Of course, I also hear from readers occasionally who think The Star shouldn't devote resources to parties and candidates with no statistical chance of actually winning. I suppose I understand that reasoning as well -- but I think there's a strong counter-argument that these candidates with smaller bases of support often have an effect on the political dialog that's proportionally larger than the numbers they'll end up drawing at the polls. That in and of itself argues for airing their thoughts, even if there's no real possibility they'll win.