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City Council candidate questionnaires went out last week, by mail since that’s the fairest way to reach everyone at the same time. But returning the questionnaires is an electronic effort this year - with 22 potential answers (one can dream!) I don’t want to have to transcribe, check and double-check returned paperwork. It’s much easier to have the data electronically.
Deadline (reminder to you candidates!) is Thursday Sept 19th at 5pm. I’ve begun receiving some answers already and I think you’ll be pleased with the format. It’ll be much easier to compare and contrast candidates.
If you want to check out the questionnaire, I’ve put them online for candidates to download at: candidates.leftinlowell.com. As previously mentioned, the bulk of the questions are simple yes/no questions, with five essay questions (the first being a space candidates can elaborate on any answer or skipped answer in the yes/no portion). I’ve culled the questions from among us editors as well as lots of great stuff from readers.
Once the deadline is past, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to compile them quickly. If I have time I’ll provide the yes/no portion as a sortable HTML table so you can see how each answer stacks up among the candidates. If not, then I will provide a spreadsheet of the data so those who know how to use Excel can do that on your own.
Thanks for all your suggestions and I hope you’ll find this voter guide useful. For any candidate who does not return the questionnaire, LiL reserves the right to fill in some yes/no answers, based on your stated positions or past votes. We think voters deserve to know where you stand. LiL will indicate which answers we fill in of course, if we do so. We suggest all candidates return the questionnaire, because no matter how you you feel about LiL, this is not about us, but about the voters, and we hope all candidates respect the voters enough to do the minimum amount of work this questionnaire requires.
With that, let’s get excited about voting!
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