Predicting the Northwest Herald Will Endorse Carolyn Schofield for State Representative

Looking at the front page of the Northwest Herald Saturday leads me to predict that McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield will be endorsed by its editorial board.

This picture of the Northwest Herald's Saturday front page shows Carolyn Schofield in sharp focus, while the photos of two of her opponents--Dan Wilbrandt and Allen Skillicorn--are fuzzy.

This picture of the Northwest Herald’s Saturday front page shows Carolyn Schofield in sharp focus, while the photos of two of her opponents–Dan Wilbrandt and Allen Skillicorn–are fuzzy. The fourth candidate, Paul Serwatka, is not pictured. The article says, “Serwatka declined to attend…”

It is my belief that newspaper editorial endorsements are having decreasing impact in elections.

When I looked at the first tabloid edition of the NWH on Monday, I went through the whole paper without finding the editorial page.

And, I was looking for it.

Editorials and letters to the editor were easy to find in the old format.

Just open the second section (assuming there was one on the day one was looking).

If the NWH put its official endorsement on its front page, people would see it.

Where the editorial is now, not as much impact.

Now, if a candidate has the money to promote such endorsements in a mailing or on television, they might be some help.


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Predicting the Northwest Herald Will Endorse Carolyn Schofield for State Representative — 14 Comments

  1. Well, Cal, I will not claim the “great minds think alike” gem, but I had the exact same reaction.

    This paper is soon transparent.

  2. Sooo transparent.

    Sorry, just outside and my typing hands are cold.

  3. To Back at You: hope your “typing hands” were cold from putting up a Dan Wilbrandt sign in your yard.

  4. If they would have widened out the shot a bit more they could have included her binder of answers…

  5. NWH, Tryon, NWH Tryon……………….

    NWH Scholield.

    NWH will endore Jack again.

    I’ll take a wild guess and say they pick Mike W.

  6. The NWH absence of Paul Serwatka, after his retreat from the LWV forum, reveals a politician who has limited knowledge and understanding of the issues. From all we have seen, in his brief community service, he is mostly a blustering populist full of bombast and bravado.

  7. From the City Council, to the County Board, Carolyn has never had an original thought. She is an “empty shirt”. She always has a finger in the air, and and eye on what her mentors want her to do. She is a rubber stamp for the “old guard”. She wants to be a State Rep due to ambition and being goaded (and flattered) by Tryon to succeed him. I encourage you to take a look at Dan Wilbrandt as I believe he may be the best qualified of the quartet
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  8. Drake: Re: “after his retreat from the LWV”

    The next time you have the flu and are in the bathroom worshiping the ceramic throne, these words will haunt you!

  9. Cautious voter: If that is true, it is even more consequential that he show up for the NWH.

  10. I heard that he was expected to attend the interview but just didnt show up.

    I agree with both Drake and Back at You – Serwatka doesnt seem to take this seriously.

    Just because he feels he doesnt need the endorsement is not a good enough reason to bail on interviews/events that give the voters a chance to hear the candidates’ voice and opinions.

    One-sided aggressive-sounding mailers, press releases, and” annonymous” comments on this blog are not neccessarily the way to appeal to the people.

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