OUR VIEW: We will hold all candidates’ toes to the fire, including editor on leave

Beau Simpson had no input into this editorial.

And that’s church, yo.

Seriously, we here at the Now find ourselves in an unusual, yet not unprecedented position of covering a civic election campaign where one of our own has absented himself on leave for a shot at a seat on Surrey city council.

While Beau Simpson, the managing editor of this newspaper since 2008, will necessarily spend the next six weeks trying to sell and defend his Safe Surrey Coalition’s campaign platform, we here at the Now will necessarily scrutinize his campaign as we would that of any other politician.

It’s an important underpinning of all thriving democracies that any citizen who feels compelled to run for public office be afforded the opportunity to do so.

Typically, they do so knowing that they will be placed under the microscope while at the same time be expected to work miracles for people who don’t believe in them.

So here we are, in 2014, set to choose our civic leaders for the next four years.

Candidates are out the gate, and the race has begun.

Here at the Now, we endorse no political candidate or platform – only your right to make your best-informed decision when you cast your vote on Nov. 15.

After Simpson’s candidacy was made public on Tuesday, he told this newspaper, "I have every confidence and trust in the Now news team. They’re going to cover this election and treat me the same as they’re going to treat any other candidate. I have complete trust and faith in that."

You, too, can count on that.

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