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By Craig Garnett
The Frio-Nueces Current provides an opportunity for each political candidate to announce his or her candidacy once, free of charge as a news story, before early voting begins.
The primary elections for local, regional and statewide government offices will be held Tuesday, March 1. Early voting begins Monday, February 14. Those who prevail in their party primaries will be placed on the ballot in the November general election.
Candidacy announcements are limited to 300 words, will be subject to editing, and may include a photo. Candidates may describe their reasons for seeking office, their experience or qualifications and personal details, but may not attack their opponents or incumbents in their announcements. They may, however, offer alternate policies or proposals for solutions to ongoing issues.
Additional announcements or commentary will be not be considered news and must be paid political advertising that will appear elsewhere in the newspaper. Political endorsements must always be paid advertisements and are not considered news stories.
Letters to the editor concerning political candidates will not be published.
Candidates for statewide office who visit the Current office prior to the start of early voting will receive the equivalent of an announcement story. Subsequent visits will not be covered as news.
Candidacy announcements are published when space allows, and all candidates are given equal coverage style and placement.
The final deadline for submitting candidacy announcements for publication is 3 p.m. on Monday, January 31, which is two weeks before the start of early voting.