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The 'Chronicle' Endorses Ballesteros

Why we decided to endorse in the precinct 2 constable race

12:00PM, Thu. Jul. 26, 2012

Precinct Two County Constable Adan Ballesteros
Precinct Two County Constable Adan Ballesteros

In the race for Democratic nominee for County Constable, Precinct Two, the Chronicle editorial board is now endorsing incumbent Adan Ballesteros over challenger Michael Cargill. As this is a change in our previous position, we believe that we owe readers an explanation.

It is only in rare circumstances that we change our opinion about the candidates in a race. In the first round of the primary, we endorsed Paul LaBuda. After he failed to make the run-off, we decided not to endorse either of the other candidates. Now, with the rhetoric of the run-off escalating, we have reversed that position.

County constable is an administrative position, and therefore we use different criteria than we would in an legislative race; we look for someone who will be able to run the office capably as well as someone who can provide leadership that reflects this community's values. Cargill's refusal to distance himself from the appalling and potentially libelous accusations being thrown by his supporters at Ballesteros, as well as his utter lack of experience, discredits him in our eyes. In that light, we urge our readers to vote for Ballesteros.

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