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City Club hosting editorial board endorsement interview

Post by Cheryl Tucker on June 5, 2012 at 4:47 am with 3 Comments »
June 5, 2012 5:13 pm

UPDATE: The full editorial board will participate: publisher/president David Zeeck, executive editor Karen Peterson, managing editor Dale Phelps, editorial page editor Patrick O’Callahan and me.

If you’re at all curious about The News Tribune editorial board’s interview process for candidate endorsements, the City Club of Tacoma has an event you might be interested in attending.

For the club’s June 6 program,  the editorial board will interview four of the five candidates for Pierce County assessor-treasurer: County Councilman Tim Farrell; former Tacoma City Councilmen Mike Lonergan and Spiro Manthou; and Billie O’Brien, administrative manager of the assessor-treasurer’s office. After our one-hour session, audience members will have time for their own questions.

Incumbent Dale Washam, who is also running, declined the invitation to be interviewed.

We know Washam isn’t interested in seeking our endorsement; from our editorials it’s clear he wouldn’t get it. We’ve already said that any of the other four candidates would be an improvement. But even when he was invited to take questions from audience members only, he still begged off.

We’re looking forward to the City Club event and the chance to give folks an idea of what keeps us so busy this time of year.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. lonergan says:

    On behalf of the Assessor-Treasurer candidates, a big thank you to the whole News-Tribune editorial board for taking time to meet us and ask some excellent questions. There was a great turnout of City Club members and guests who also had good questions. Of course all four of us will be looking forward to the ed-board’s endorsement decision.

  2. Will a transcript or at least abbreviated version of the questions and responses articulated at this event be forthcoming?

    For what it’s worth, it would be great to get a better sense of the four candidates in attendance. We already know all too well the nonsense of the soon to be unemployed fifth non-candidate.

  3. Cheryl Tucker says:

    I asked the organizer whether it was taped and was told that it wasn’t. If we do something like this again next year, they should invite TV Tacoma to film it.

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