Opinion: California’s 2022 election is fast approaching. Here’s how we’ll help San Diego stay informed.


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Countywide voting in the Nov. 8 election — in races ranging from the San Diego school board to the U.S. Senate and ballot metrics related to everything from gambling to trash pickup — begins in less than two months. . That means the focus of the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board — and our opinion section itself — has already shifted, as it always does before an election. To help you become better informed about the candidates and ballot metrics you’ll be weighing, today we begin our election coverage by posting Q&As from two Californians who want to spend the next six years in the U.S. Senate. On Monday, we will begin posting Q&As for candidates for two-year seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. And then we’ll be really, uh, off to the races.

By early October, when voting begins, we plan to post dozens of candidate Q&As and nearly two dozen commentaries related to a handful of the City of San Diego’s ballot measures and seven proposals. of state. We’ll resume regular commentary publishing in October, and we won’t stop publishing Steve Breen’s editorial cartoons, letters to the editor, syndicated columns, and our own editorials on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Soon, these editorials will include our electoral mentions.

However, there is still a lot of work to get to the point where we are close to writing them. This cycle, our search will include the aforementioned surveys and comments, a steady stream of Zoom meetings with numerous candidates and, as we did in the primary, a series of in-person forums in some of the most prominent local races. . As soon as we see the dates with locations and campaigns, we’ll let you know when and where they’ll be, but look them up if you’re interested in San Diego City Council races in Districts 2, 4, 6, and 8; the Chula Vista mayoral race; the San Diego County sheriff’s race and, possibly, local ballot measures. Please visit sandiegouniontribune.com/2022electionguide for dates and details of these forums, and check back as we add interviews, commentary and more to this voter guide. Please also email Director of Editorial and Opinion Matthew T. Hall at [email protected] to suggest any questions we may have. Then join us on a forum.

With this ambitious timeline, we hope to provide our readers with plenty of information they can use when their ballots arrive in the mail. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be sharing a timeline showing when these riders will run so those who are interested can include our thoughts in their own research. As usual, some readers (and some applicants) may criticize our recommendations or blame us for making them in the first place. “Why are you so biased? we will be asked. “What are you doing? What were you even thinking?” Well, thinking is exactly what we do. edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune) takes that role seriously. We’re not partisans. We’re journalists. And we’re not biased. We’re open-minded. But we have opinions. And we get paid. to share them. This is why our part of the Union-Tribune is called the opinion section. This is where we share yours, ours, those of the greatest number, when relevant, Courteous and accurate.Like you, we live in this area, send our children to local schools, and want San Diego to be a welcoming place, where facts matter, where our rich diversity is celebrated, those in power are held accountable. and people can disagree without being disagreed wheat. We wake up every day wanting to know more about where we live and who lives here. Want to listen. So we will rate candidates and campaigns and share what they say and what we think. We will assess things like accomplishments, background, character, demeanor, experience, community service history, and political positions. As in the past, we’ll approve people from both sides and leave recommendations for you, knowing the choice is yours. Our goal is to provide you with information and analysis. We are not here for the campaigns. We’re here for our readers – for you – because – like you – we want to help make this place we live in and love and can learn from better.


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