Let’s make this clear: The News Tribune is endorsing incumbent Linda Bird for University Place City Council Position 1. We think she is by far the best candidate in the field of three on the Aug. 18 primary ballot.
But UPlace voters might think otherwise if they’ve seen the many campaign signs posted by one of her two opponents, Dan Carnrite. Big stickers across his signs read: "Carnrite better choice," and he attributes the quote to The News Tribune.
He took the words "better choice" out of context and is implying that he is the TNT’s choice for the position. That is not the case.
In our July 24 endorsement editorial, "Keep Linda Bird on UPlace City Council," we clearly stated that she is the best of the three candidates. But we recognize that some voters might want an alternative to the incumbent. We wrote: "For University Place voters who are intent on change in Position 1, Carnrite is the better choice due to his background in planning in Edgewood, Pacific and Tenino."
We are disappointed to learn that a candidate we thought had promise took our words out of context. Voters should take that into consideration when they mark their ballots.