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March 20, 2014

VAN HOY: Election Q&A forms posted for candidates

Responses will be published online, in print

— The News and Tribune is again taking steps to bring readers the most complete coverage of elections in Southern Indiana.

Candidates for office in Clark and Floyd counties in the May 6 primary can fill out the News and Tribune’s candidate questionnaire online.

The questions — posted at surveymonkey.com/s/VH7JC7G via Survey Monkey — should be answered before 5 p.m. Friday, April 4. After that time, the survey will close and no responses will be accepted. Candidates also can find a link to the survey on our homepage at newsandtribune.com

The questionnaire is open to any candidate appearing on the ballot for the primary election in either of the two counties. This includes state and federal candidates.

Responses will be published at newsandtribune.com the week of April 7 and subsequently in a special Election 2014 section of the News and Tribune. Because of space considerations, it’s likely that township trustee and board positions will be published online only. Precinct committee candidates should not complete the questionnaire, unless they are a candidate for another office.

Responses from candidates will be spell-checked, but not edited for grammar. The News and Tribune reserves the right to edit responses for length in the print edition.

We also are requesting head shot photos of candidates, if they either do not have one on file with the newspaper or would like to send a new one. Those can be emailed to me at shea.vanhoy@newsandtribune.com

For those who wish to have a photo taken by one of our photographers, we have set up four times during which to do so.

They are from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the New Albany office, 303 Scribner Drive, with photographer Christopher Fryer, who can be reached at 812-206-2153. The Jeffersonville time is 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at 221 Spring St., with photographer Tyler Stewart, who can be reached at 812-206-2111.

No appointment is needed, but the candidate should show up between the hours listed to have his or her photo taken.

The News and Tribune also will be writing its own election previews for all the major races in the 2014 primary. Look for those in the few weeks leading up to the primary.

As May 6 nears, here are some of the newspaper’s Opinions page 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.

Finally, keep in mind the following rules regarding election-related letters to the editor.

ELECTION LETTER GUIDELINES

• 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.

• From this point during election season, 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. Monday, April 28. Letters will be published through the weekend of May 3-4, but no election letters will be printed on Election Day or the day prior, May 5.

Submission information can be found at the top right corner of this page. Letters should be 400 words or less. Also, the News and Tribune will ask letter-writers if they are related to a candidate or if they work for a candidate’s campaign and note when those relationships exist.

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

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