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The Chron devotes a fairly long article to the three candidates for Mayor you’ve probably never heard of. It’s fine to give a chance for everyone to be heard, but with the election a month out and the sum total of the Chron’s non-Mayoral coverage being one story on the Controller’s race, I have to question the priority in doing a piece on three people that no one’s going to vote for when there are seven Council races and three HISD Trustee races that are competitive and will likely wind up in runoffs that have received zero attention, not to mention an HCC Trustee race that will be won by a write-in candidate because of some shenanigans pulled by the current incumbent. I mean, in 2003, there were six candidates for Mayor not named White, Sanchez, or Turner (one of them is running again in this election), and they combined for a grand total of 0.65% of the vote; they collected 1,885 ballots out of nearly 300,000 cast. I personally think coverage of these other eleven elections and the many candidates in them – and Lord knows, I’ve done the best I can do to cover them – is more important than a profile of three obscure candidates for Mayor. But that’s what the Chron has given us.

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3 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Amen. Lots of At-Large races and competitive district races would have been much more informative to cover.

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  3. Neil Aquino says:

    Maybe they ran it because people deserve to at least know of an option from three dishonest Mayoral candidates who won’t even admit what political party they are in real life. Though I grasp that real life has nothing to do with the fantasyland of this election where the city dog pound is a bigger issue than the extent of poverty in Houston.

    If the purpose of political blogs is simply to validate an election process that excludes a large portion of our population because it won’t address issues of relevance to so many of our citizens–Than why have political blogs in contrast to the so-called mainstream media?

    It seems that in the case of this article you write about, the Chronicle is better serving the public than the so-called new media or social media or whatever term of the week we are being defined with for the moment.