Never mind that incumbent Rochester mayor took over 51 percent of the vote in the August 12 primary, followed by local tea party founder Cindy Maves with 27 percent.
It's all just so unfair that the "Post Bulliten Shows Who They Are Supporting for Mayor," a rewritten headline said in the RTPP's August 18, 2014 e-newsletter(screenshot above).
The Rochester Post Bulletin reported in Brede, Maves advance to general election for mayor:
Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and challenger Cindy Maves will compete in the Nov. 4 general election for the mayoral seat, after Brede garnered more than 51 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary election.
"This was a great first step, and now we'll get ready for the 100-yard dash," Brede said.
Maves received 27 percent of the votes, and challenger Stephanie Kilen brought in 22 percent.
Maves has been involved as a citizen in local politics for the past five years and is the co-founder of the Rochester Tea Party Patriots. Kilen has nine years of experience with Rochester neighborhood initiatives and planning.
Tuesday's primary election brought out 8,332 voters for the mayoral race, with voter turnout ranging from 6 to 22 percent across the city. Olmsted County has 84,556 registered voters, and 11,440 cast ballots on Tuesday across the county.
Both Kilen and Maves campaigned heavily leading up to the primary, going door to door to talk to voters.
Maves said she's feeling "energized and ready to go" after advancing to the general election.
"I thought we ran a great campaign, and I really felt like we would be in the top two," Maves said. . . .
. . .Brede has touted his experience and past leadership, including helping get legislation passed for the Destination Medical Center initiative and the Mayo Civic Center expansion/renovation. He said he was grateful to the other candidates and voters for coming out during the primary.
"I think (the candidates) brought a lot of attention to the issues," Brede said. . .
The number of paragraphs for both of the candidates moving forward to the general election is about the same. Go read the whole article.
It's not good enough for the Tea Party crowd, who've started to "work the refs" on coverage already. In Frieday's PB, Charles Balster writes in Front-page photo of mayor appears to be display of support:
I guess it is plainly evident who the Post-Bulletin wants as the next mayor based on the front page, which featured a very large picture of Ardell Brede smiling and shaking a hand. Next to it was an extremely small picture of Cindy Maves.
I have not formed an opinion yet, but this blatant display by the P-B is influencing and makes me think something is rotten.
Editor Jay Furst explains in Brede gets the pic, as top vote-getter:
. . .Early Wednesday morning, as we looked at the primary election results, we decided that the most interesting and relevant race to feature at the top of that day's front page was the Rochester mayoral race. The top vote-getter was Mayor Ardell Brede, so it made sense to use a photo of him being congratulated after the votes were counted.
That annoyed at least one reader, who wrote a letter to the editor saying it betrayed favoritism to Brede.
Not true. We had election night photos of candidates Cindy Maves and Stephanie Kilen as well, if we'd needed them. And Maves' name was in very big type at the top of the page, along with Brede's, to indicate they advanced to the general election. . . .
The Tea Party, on the other hand, is showing its own bias in its "nonendorsement" endorsement with highly slanted language.
Doesn't look like the PB is going to be bullied by this nonsense on Maves' behalf.
Screenshot: That awful "Post Bulliten"! From the Rochester Tea Party Patriots' August 18, 2014 e-newsletter.
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