Gentlemen: I am the communications director for the Summit Democrats campaign. More importantly, I am a citizen of Summit who depends upon our local paper, the Independent Press (both in print and online); our online papers, The Alternative Press and Summit Patch; and our community's public access, 501(c) 3 Hometowne TV for news about Summit. At this time, Summit is engaged in an important and unique local election -- a once-in-four-years mayoral contest, featuring three candidates running for the first time in our community's recorded political history, and three Common Council seats: Ward 1, Ward 2 and At Large. At this point, 16 days before the Nov. 8 Election, I know I speak for the Democratic candidates in thanking TAP, Patch and the IP for their coverage, serving as Summit's true free press. Our only cost for this coverage has been for ads, which we chose to further inform the public about our campaign. On the other hand, almost all of the candidates' coverage -- Democratic, Republican and Independent alike -- has been aired only after the candidates/campaigns have paid several hundred dollars for the privilege and been "assigned" an interviewer, usually Fred Honold.
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