As a newspaper, we exist to serve our community. During this election year, we have done our best to serve you by providing information regarding ballot propositions, candidates and their policies. As the elections approach, we decided to take this opportunity to put some of the ballot questions and candidates into perspective for our community.
We decided to address races that we felt impacted campus life most, including the sheriff and the State House of Representatives races, and propositions that matter to us most as students.
We have been following the race between the candidates for district three state representative Rebecca McClanahan and Nate Walker. We appreciate their experience and past service to the community and district. We think their past service in the House qualifies both candidates for the position, but when considering what is best for our community, we endorse Rebecca McClanahan.
Her outspoken support for Truman State and her strong opposition to a funding system based on enrollment assures us that we would have an advocate in Jefferson City that will protect our ideals as members of the Truman community.
In a community where votes are personal and ballots are based on interactions more than party lines, we have expectations for our candidates. That means we expect a candidate to explain how they’re going to protect Kirksville’s higher education community. We expect, regardless of how weak state campaign finance laws are, that our candidates will live and become elected by our community standards, regardless of how gray the official state campaign regulations might be.
We think Rebecca McClanahan will be the strongest advocate for our community and our campus.
In the sheriff race, after hearing from both candidates during forum, we would like to endorse Larry Logston. We were impressed by the support the other deputy sheriffs have shown for him. We think that when your peers respect you enough to support you instead of their current leader, it says a great deal about your leadership.
Finally, we would like to voice our support for Proposition B because it has the potential to help higher education. As students who attend an institution threatened by state budget cuts, we should support this proposition for the future of education throughout the state. Investing in education is investing in the future, and we owe it to the students of the future to try and improve the opportunities they have.
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