I already mentioned the information we’ll have for you in our voter guide and the online candidate forums, but The Gazette also endorses candidates, from local races all the way up to the level of President.

Our editorial board will be meeting this week to decide on those endorsements. Here’s a list of all the races they’ll be talking about:


McCain/Palin, Republican
Obama/Biden, Democrat

U.S. Senator

Tom Harkin, D-Cumming
Christopher Reed, R-Marion

U.S. House

1st District
Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo
David Hartsuch, R-Bettendorf

2nd District
Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon
Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Ottumwa

3rd District
Leonard Boswell, D-Des Moines
Kim Schmett, R-Clive

Iowa Senate

District 18
Swati Dandekar, D-Marion
Joe Childers, R-Marion

District 20
Randy Braden, D-Vinton
Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone

Iowa House

District 29
Nate Willems, D-Lisbon
Emma Nemecek, R-Mount Vernon

District 33
Dick Taylor, D-Cedar Rapids
Kathy Potts, R-Cedar Rapids

District 36
Gretchen Lawyer, D-Marion
Nick Wagner, R-Marion

District 37
Art Staed, D-Cedar Rapids
Renee Schulte, R-Cedar Rapids

Linn County

Brian Gardner, D-Cedar Rapids
David Zahn, R-Cedar Rapids

County Supervisor

District 2
Linda Langston, D-Cedar Rapids
John Erceg, R-Cedar Rapids

District 3
Ben Rogers, D-Cedar Rapids
Eric Rosenthal, R-Cedar Rapids

District 4
Don Gray, D-Central City
Brent Oleson, R-Marion

District 5
James Houser, D-Cedar Rapids
David Machacek, R-Alburnett

Johnson County

Land Conservation bond issue

Now it’s your turn. E-mail me who you’d endorse in each race and why, and also tell me whether newspaper endorsements matter to you.

We’re now finished with our Linn County Supervisor online candidate forums. We’ve had dozens of views. You can see the District 2 and 3 forums here and the District 4 and 5 forums here.

But that’s not all we’re doing with the elections, not by a long shot. We also have an online voter guide that offers complete coverage of candidates for every office all over Eastern Iowa.

And we’ll be writing stories to cover the election, as well.

So what else would you like to see us do with our election coverage? And what kind of mobile or online coverage can we provide on election day? Leave us a comment or send me an e-mail.