KJ.com EDITORIAL: Selectmen race begins…here’s how it unfolded
Before Santa had made his 2012 Christmas rounds in Kingston, the race for selectman was already heating up…two candidates, David Kennedy and incumbent Joseph Casna, announced their intentions for the seat within 24 hours of each other, only two days before Chistmas.
HERE’S HOW IT UNFOLDED…
KingstonJournal.com believes in full transparency, both within government and within our reporting.
We believe that as soon as information becomes clear, it should be released to the public without bias.
That is our first responsibility as a business.
So, when David Kennedy sent a Facebook message to KingstonJournal.com and “The Kingston Reporter” announcing his intentions to run for selectman….we were excited to let the public know.
My enthusiasm was dashed only a sentence later when Kennedy asked both KingstonJournal.com and “The Kingston Reporter” not to publish the information until he released a statement.
“I wanted you to know before you hear it from someone else,” Kennedy wrote.
KingstonJournal.com decided to publish his announcement anyways.
Mr. Kennedy contacted the Kingston media on the afternoon of December 22nd.
At first, Mr. Kennedy contacted KingstonJournal.com and requested that we remove the story from our Web site. “I need to make a statement on Facebook before you,” Kennedy wrote.
Nine minutes later, Kennedy changed his mind.
“Never mind, you can leave it on,” Kennedy said via Facebook.
The next day, KingstonJournal.com contacted the man who holds the seat Kennedy wishes to take.
“I’d like to serve a second term,” Casna told KingstonJournal.com on December 23rd.
That night, we published a story entitled Casna will seek re-election.
It is our belief, as per our mission statement, that information should not be withheld due to a personal request.
“The Kingston Reporter” soon followed up with their own story about Kennedy’s intentions.
They have yet to publish a story regarding Casna’s re-election plans on WickedLocal:Kingston.
THE PEANUT GALLERY
Our purpose is clear. Our mission is even clearer.
KingstonJournal.com is here to provide our loyal readers with the quickest and most-forthright information once it becomes clear.
It is in that pursuit that we hope to contribute to Kingston elections in a way that is fair to all candidates and, in that interest, we believe that candidates should not present information to the media unless they want it to become available to the public immediately.
David Kennedy told KingstonJournal.com that he intended to run for selectman, and just as he wants to serve Kingstonians, I also wish to serve Kingstonians.
As a reporter, I am a first-hand source.
I wish to serve as the eyes and ears of Kingston.
It’s as simple as that.
When somebody tells me they’re running for selectman, my first instinct is to let my readers know and call the person who occupies the challenged seat.
It’s not necessarily an exciting journalistic protocol, but in this case, it became controversial.
Now, with April’s town elections four months away, the race for Joe Casna’s seat unofficially begins.
KingstonJournal.com will release an official election policy, and dates for candidate discussions, on the first day that nomination papers become available this month…but doesn’t have to stop you from contributing to the discussion with a comment below!!
KJ.com wants to know…what issues will you be concerned about when you vote for selectman this April?