In twenty days, voters in the Walla Walla Valley will make important decisions that will affect the future of our region and our nation. There is no greater responsibility for an American citizen than to vote. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic Republic. President Abraham Lincoln declared as much, in his Gettysburg address “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
In an era when our politics are indecent and divisive, it cannot be more important for decent people to make their voices heard.
Over the next five (5) days, the Rise News editorial team will release our endorsements for this election cycle. Our endorsements are intended to elevate a new conversation about the future of our community and the people who call this region home. It is our hope that our endorsements will create healthy, meaningful and respectful dialog among neighbors of varying political spectrums.
In evaluating candidates for endorsement, we have attended campaign rallies, reviewed campaign materials and researched candidate experience. We did not make endorsements with regard to the candidate’s age, race, religion or political affiliation. Over the next five days, we will explain how we came to endorse the candidate or ballot measure. We hope these endorsements inspire you to research more.
For those of you on Facebook, we encourage you to like & follow our political portal, Rise Politics. If you would like to submit a Letter to the Editor, please keep your letter to 500 words or less, include your name, address and phone number. Only your first name, city & state will be printed. Letters should be sent by email or mailed to PO Box 542, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Make history, vote!