The Echo Press policy for endorsement letters took effect on May 19 (when the first filing period opened). As in the past, election-related letters that advocate for or against a candidate, ballot measure or political party will be considered ads and are subject to a charge of 10-cents per word.

The word limit for political letters is 200 words. Payment for political letters must be paid in advance.

As with other letters, writers of political letters are limited to one letter per 30 days and they must include the writer’s name, address and phone number (only the writer’s name and city are published).

Key dates for endorsement letters:

  • The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 11 so the last batch of letters that endorse candidates for this election will be printed in the Wednesday, Aug. 5 issue of the Echo Press and must be received by 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

  • The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3 so the last batch of letters that endorse candidates will be printed in the Wednesday, Oct. 28 issue and must be received by 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26.