News and Tribune


April 21, 2012

VAN HOY: It’s election season once again

The jets buzzing the Jeffersonville office overhead as I write this column Friday tells me it’s Thunder Over Louisville time. That means Derby is two weeks away, which, in turn, means Election Day is very close as well.

It’s Tuesday, May 8, this year, and while there are many primary races that are uncontested, area county council and commissioners races should be interesting. Also of note is what could be a tight race for the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, with Richard Mourdock challenging longtime Sen. Richard Lugar.

It’s also a presidential year, but Indiana won’t have much say, as voters are already looking at a Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney match-up.

Election time also means the News and Tribune’s candidate questionnaires have been mailed out. Local candidates — because of time constraints, we did not mail questionnaires to Statehouse and federal candidates this election cycle — have until 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, to return responses, which will be published up to Election Day. If you are a candidate and have not received your questionnaire form, contact me via one of the means listed at the end of this column.

As May 8 nears, here are some of the newspaper’s guidelines to remember. Also, simply remember to get out and vote between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Election Day, or vote early if you choose to.


• We do not accept regular or guest columns from political candidates actively running for office.

• The News and Tribune does not endorse candidates, nor will we allow our regular Opinions page columnists to endorse candidates.

• We will not publish letters to the editor from candidates promoting their own candidacy. We do accept letters from candidates endorsing other candidates.

• Letters from readers for publication should stick to campaign issues and not include personal attacks or rumors. Candidates will be allowed to respond to letters questioning them about issues.

• The deadline for submitting election-related letters is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Letters will be published through May 7, but no election letters will be printed on Election Day, May 8. Submission information can be found at the top right corner of this page. Letters should be 400 words or less.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy can be reached via email at or by phone at 812-206-2130. Follow him on Twitter at: @SheaVanHoy

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