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Free Space for Political Candidates

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
March 27, 2023
Posted in: Commentary-Editorial

As a public service, Tube City Community Media Inc. again will make available this space as a free, public outlet for local political candidates — although there are rules attached.

If you know any political candidates, please let them know of this opportunity. Deadline is May 1; announcements will be published at Tube City Almanac in the order they arrive.

Any candidate for a municipal (city, borough or township) or school board office in the Duquesne City, East Allegheny, McKeesport Area, South Allegheny or West Mifflin Area school districts* may submit a candidate announcement or statement for publication at Tube City Almanac.

Profiles received after the deadline will be published at the editor’s option, time permitting.

Please email them to tubecitytiger@gmail.com; U.S. mail them to Tube City Almanac, P.O. Box 94, McKeesport, PA 15134; or drop them off during regular business hours at Tube City Community Media, 409 Walnut St., Suite 200, McKeesport. (Please do not send them as a text message, or as a Facebook message. Handwritten entries and phone calls are not acceptable.)

Complete rules follow after the “more” link and are subject to change at any time.

Thanks for your cooperation, and for running for local office!

Free Space for Candidates

1.) Any candidate for a municipal (city, borough or township) or school board office in the Duquesne City, McKeesport Area, South Allegheny or West Mifflin Area school districts* may submit a candidate profile for publication at Tube City Almanac. Eligible communities are the cities of Duquesne and McKeesport; boroughs of Dravosburg, East McKeesport, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln, Port Vue, Versailles, Wall, West Mifflin, White Oak, Wilmerding and Whitaker; and North Versailles and South Versailles townships.

2.) “Candidate” includes anyone running in the Republican and/or Democratic primary. Because Pennsylvania has a closed-primary system, third-party candidates will not be considered.**

3.) Candidate profiles may include biographical information, statements on various issues, and website URLs or other public contact information. Personal attacks on other candidates and commercial endorsements or other irrelevant information are not permitted. In case of any dispute over content, the decision of the editor is final.

4.) Candidate profiles should be 400 words or less. Handbills and fliers are acceptable submissions, but will be modified to fit the space or converted to plain text. Tube City Almanac reserves the right to edit for style or length with or without notice, at the editor’s option.

5.) Any candidate’s manager, friend or family may submit a profile on their behalf, but the editor must have clear approval from the candidate to use the profile before it's published.

6.) Candidate profiles should include name, party affiliation, age, and community of residence, along with an address and phone number of each candidate so that we can verify the information. (Address and phone number will not be published. An email address alone is not acceptable.)

7.) Candidates running as a “team” or “slate” may submit one profile for all members of the team, but please include contact information for each member of the team.

8.) Profiles that — in the opinion of the editor — are unsuitable in any way may be sent back to the candidate for revision or rejected without notice, at the editor’s option. Entries longer than 400 words are subject to editing without prior notice.

9.) All profiles must be received electronically or in writing by May 1. Tube City Community Media Inc. will not held responsible for errors, omissions or entries that arrive late for any reason.

10.) Profiles that arrive after the deadline for any reason may be published at a later date at the editor's discretion.

11.) These rules are subject to change. Neither Tube City Community Media Inc. or Skymagik Internet Services are liable for any errors, omissions or outages. Submission of a candidate profile indicates your acceptance of these conditions.

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* — Why? Because we’re a volunteer outfit and I had to draw the line somewhere.

** — No, it isn’t fair. Who said life was fair?

Originally published March 27, 2023.

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