Editor’s note: By way of disclosure, State Senate candidate Mary Cain, a part-time advertising sales representative for The Commons, is on administrative leave from her duties at the newspaper during the campaign, and we look forward to her return after the election. It has long been the policy of Vermont Independent Media, publisher of The Commons, not to engage in direct political activity at the board of directors level. On Monday, in the spirit of keeping the newspaper nonpartisan in both fact and appearance — a critical condition of our federal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service — the board voted to extend this policy to staff. We extend our best wishes to all three candidates in that race, including Cain, and look forward to a vigorous, spirited, and intelligent campaign, one that we will strive to cover honestly, fairly, and objectively for all, in the best interest of our readers. And finally, on another topic: News Editor Randolph T. Holhut contributed reporting to this story.
Originally published in The Commons issue #157 (Wednesday, June 20, 2012).
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