Election 2012 enters the home stretch

Campaign season 2012 is in the home stretch — only five weeks remain until Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

ECM Sun Group is dedicated to bringing local election news to our readers. We devote many pages to news stories, letters to the editor and to a comprehensive Voters Guide that focuses totally on local community races. Watch for week one of our Voters Guides in the Oct. 11 editions.

We want to remind our readers of coverage policies that will guide us through the next month.

We will not publish campaign-oriented letters to the editor in the immediate editions prior to Election Day. This rule will apply to our editions dated Nov. 1.

Also, candidates for office will not be able to use the letters to the editor column to promote themselves. They will, however, be allowed to respond to comments made about them. Local candidates have been given space for a filing announcement.

Other guidelines — word limits, how frequently a person can write a letter, and our right to edit all submissions — are published regularly on these pages.

The mission of our editorial page is to foster local debate, to share community opinions and present all sides of controversial issues. Our policies give us a framework to encourage all voices.

We want your participation. Please share your opinions, tell us who you think will be the best person to serve on your city council or in your House district.

Campaign season 2012 is in its final month. We welcome your view and hope we can host a vibrant conversation on local issues.