If you’re running for school board or city offices or have a kid who wants to write a letter to Santa, you might want to take note of some special deadlines.
Filing for school board candidates ran Monday through Wednesday, and races have materialized in three districts: Keys, Peggs and Woodall. All the seats in other districts will be filled without opposition. But those who will be vying for slots when the Feb. 12, 2013 election rolls around might want to shine a spotlight on themselves. They have a short fuse, though; candidate announcements are due in our office by today – Friday, Dec. 7 – at 4 p.m. Those who miss this deadline should take to one of our account representatives about the best ways to promote their candidacy.
City election filings will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, Nov. 10-12. Several candidate announcements have already been published on the front page of the paper, but the grapevine suggests more folks will be on the ballot for the Ward 1 and 2 city council posts, police chief, street commissioner, city treasurer or city clerk. Candidates must have their announcements into our office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 to get front-page placement. We’ll accept late announcements until Friday, Nov. 14, but those will appear on “inside” pages.
For either election, announcements should be typed, with a facial photo of the candidate, and dropped by our office at 106 W. Second, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy your text from your word program and paste it into your email field for best results, but you should attach a jpeg (.JPG) photo set at about 180 dpi.
If you email, call our copy editor, Kolby Paxton, or Managing Editor Kim Poindexter, to make sure we received it. Candidates should include biographical information, such as family and employment history, education, organizational memberships, awards, and qualifications for office.
The Daily Press is also the clearinghouse for letters to Santa. Parents, once your child makes his or her list, just send it to us by our deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 18. We’ll publish it sometime between now and Friday, Dec. 21, and then we’ll forward it to the North Pole. Many teachers send letters to us in packets, and that deadline applies to them, as well. In these cases, we require the full name of the teacher (first and last), plus the school and the grade taught, on the manila envelope or an attached piece of paper. We also accept original drawings.
For more information about Santa letters and suggestions, check this link: http://tinyurl.com/d37lcbq. You may also call our newsroom.