With the deadline passed for candidates to file their petitions to appear on the ballot on May 8, we thought was an appropriate time to once again share the TAPinto Paterson election coverage guidelines.
This article originally appeared on February 5.
On May 8 Paterson voters will have the chance to go to the polls and cast their ballot for the candidates they believe are best suited to serve as Mayor of the City of Paterson, and to fill three At-Large seats on the City Council.
As a hyperlocal media outlet it is not up to us to share our opinions or to attempt to sway the voters in any way, our efforts will simply be towards providing information so that each one can enter the voting booth with as much accurate information as possible.
In keeping with this, we have informed the candidates we have email addresses for of the opportunities available to them to communicate with voters through our website.
We have encouraged candidates to let us know of any event they are hosting or participating in, and, from campaign kick-offs to office openings, have covered many. Additionally, we have outlined a series of topics that the candidates will be invited to submit statements on, as well as the dates any pieces they wish to submit will be due.
Candidates have also been alerted to our advertising guidelines, which includes offering each the same opportunity to place advertisements on our website, with the same rates applying to each one of them. We believe in fairness, no candidate will receive more favorable rates or, as will be the case with candidate statements, placement, than any of their opponents.
TAPinto Paterson is also proud to provide a forum, through our “submit content” feature, for readers to share their views on issues that they believe are important. Our rules related to these are simple, and follow our belief that integrity is key. We ask simply that readers offer content that is factual and helps to advance positive dialogue.
Finally, TAPinto Paterson will accept no additional campaign related material after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5.
As we have done many times in the past months, TAPinto Paterson once again shares our gratitude with the tens of thousands of readers that have made us a trusted source for local news coverage.
If you have any additional questions about our election guidelines, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to email Steve Lenox, Editor, TAPinto Paterson.