Each election season our editorial board reviews the records and positions of candidates for office as well as meeting with declared candidates in local races. The newspaper’s editorial board then makes an editorial endorsement.
The endorsements help promote public dialogue and are part of the public information for voters to consider. Then each voter can make their own voting decisions.
Here is a review of the 2014 endorsements by the West Central Tribune:
Willmar mayor: Marv Calvin has the experience and leadership necessary to re-build the credibility of the mayor’s office and lead this city in a positive direction.
Willmar City Council Ward 1: Incumbent Bruce DeBlieck should be re-elected. He has displayed positive and respectful leadership, community involvement and the ability to make sound decisions throughout his tenure.
Willmar City Council Ward 2: Challenger Steve Gardner should be elected. He strives to be proactive and work collaboratively toward workable solutions. More importantly, he strives to do what is best for the community as a whole.
Willmar City Council Ward 3: Incumbent Rick Fagerlie should be re-elected. The choice in this seat is clear - simply Fagerlie is the best candidate for this Ward 3 seat.
Willmar City Council Ward 4: Incumbent Audrey Nelson should be re-elected. She understands the needs of Ward 4 and Willmar. She listens to citizen involvement, such as Vision 2040, wants to develop strategic community goals and work collectively to achieve them.
Kandiyohi Co. District 1 Commissioner: Incumbent Jim Butterfield should be re-elected. He foresees broadband access development and economic development as two important issues in the county in the coming years.
Kandiyohi Co. District 3 Commissioner: Incumbent Dean Shuck should be re-elected. He has a strong record and experience on the County Board, which is beneficial in the complex issues facing the county. He is also a leader within the county’s redesign effort, which will continue into 2015.
Minnesota House District 17B: Challenger Dave Baker should be elected in House District 17B. He has demonstrated leadership, the ability to work with both sides of the political aisle and has displayed strong communications skills.
Here are the endorsements by Forum Communications Co. management:
Minnesota Governor: Challenger Jeff Johnson is young, educated, experienced in public service and the private sector, and focused on issues vital to his state’s future. Minnesotans would do well to make him their next governor.
U.S. House District 7: Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson has the distinction of incurring the ire of the unreconstructed left and the tea party right. ... No one in Congress - and we mean no one - knows more about farm policy and the mechanics of farm legislation than Peterson. ... Voters should return Peterson to Washington so he can continue his good work.
U.S. Senate: Mike McFadden is a conservative who embodies intelligent pragmatism. He understands that divided government requires compromise. He rejects labels, and embraces a political “big tent,” which reflects the best of Minnesota’s political tradition. In that spirit he would serve honorably in the U.S. Senate.