A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked:
“How do you think local candidates acted in the primary elections? Were they professional … or did they sling too much mud?”
“I (didn’t) see anymore mudslinging during this election cycle than previous elections. What did bother me was the county manager’s backing of a specific candidate. Sure she has the right to do so, but at the very least it is a conflict of interest.”
— John Frey, Clovis
“Unfortunately our current political system has parted from candidates stating their positions and outlining specifics on what they plan to achieve in office, to emphasizing what the other person has failed to do, without providing an action of their own.
“Fortunately, in the case of our local elections, apart from the district attorney’s race, the candidates seemed to deal with the issues and their positions on those issues with minimum criticism of the other candidates. They stated their views on the issues as they saw them and outlined what they intended to do about them if elected. As a whole, they were well presented without distractions.
“Too bad we can’t say that about the DA’s race.”
— Bruce Ford, Clovis
“I haven’t met a politician yet who doesn’t get down and dirty in a campaign. It is a shame that when someone runs for an office, any office, the worst comes out in them. This isn’t teaching our children to be honest and straight forward, it teaches them that a politician isn’t to be believed in anything they say. What a shame.”
— Ardyth Elms, Clovis
“Compared to the national election, even at this stage, I think the local races are Sunday school picnics in comparison. Too bad there are so many innuendoes and half truths that at first glance so many people believe as statements made with hands on the Bible.”
— Mac McDonald, Clovis
“Politics by definition is a dirty business. I believe candidates do what it takes to get elected. The proof in the pudding is when they perform. Those who can do and those who can’t brag on it anyway.”
— Jim Sitterly, Clovis
“I’m from New York. The mudslinging in these races, such as it was, was mild. You’ll have to trust me on that one. I think the DA candidates have acted especially professional.”
— John Kirby, Portales