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Attention Candidates!

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Candidates have been calling Gambit Weekly since before qualifying closed wanting to know how we plan to decide our endorsements this year. As we did four years ago, Gambit Weekly will personally interview candidates for governor and other statewide offices and use an online questionnaire to determine our endorsements in legislative and local contests in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

We also will offer personal interviews to candidates for Jefferson Parish president.

Candidates for statewide office and Jefferson Parish president who are interested in our endorsement should call Sarah Andert at (504) 483-3110 (or email saraha@gambitweekly.com) to schedule an interview.

All other candidates in Orleans and Jefferson parishes will be asked to fill out our online questionnaire, hard copies of which will be mailed to candidates for the Legislature, New Orleans City Council at-Large and Jefferson Parish Council. Candidates also may contact Andert to request a fax or email copy of the questionnaire. The questionnaires will be posted online by Wednesday (Sept. 19) and must be completed by noon on Oct. 1.

We will post candidates' responses online as well at Gambit Weekly's Web site, www.bestofneworleans.com, so that our readers can have more information about candidates and issues before casting their votes.

Gambit Weekly will consider endorsing candidates in the following races:

• Governor and all other statewide contests.

• New Orleans City Council at-Large.

• Jefferson Parish president, sheriff and parish council.

• State Senate Districts 2-10.

• State House Districts 78-87, and 91-103.

We will take no position in other legislative or local races. It is our policy not to endorse candidates for judicial office.

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