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Somebody came up to me last week and asked, "Why do you guys even bother covering the Republicans' election races? Your readers don't care."

I had to disagree. Perhaps the liberal, or left-leaning, segments of our audience won't be voting in the Aug. 12 GOP primary, but in fact we have thousands of readers every week who are registered Republicans.

Those folks might not agree with us all that often, but they certainly care about this city, and the entire region, as do we. And they, like independents and Democrats, look to the Independent for coverage of people and issues that affect everyone, regardless of political views.

We feel it's important to share our findings and observations, perhaps not on every ballot issue, but certainly on races that command interest and affect people's lives across the community.

To begin our primary election preview, we provide our views on the congressional, district attorney and state House District 15 races. In each case, we stop short of a full endorsement, choosing the word "recommendation" instead. It might seem like splitting hairs, but the difference means something to us.

Whether you agree with our recommendations or not, let's agree on one message everyone should hear: If you can, please vote.

  • We feel it's important to share our views on races that command the most interest.

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