Published April 18, 2019


NORTH READING — In the interest of public information and to promote good government, the Transcript continues its long-standing tradition of accepting candidates’ statements from all office-seekers, not just those in contested races.

The deadline to do so for the May 7 election is tomorrow, Friday, April 19, at noon.

The statements may be either biographical or issue-oriented (why you are running, what you hope to accomplish on behalf of the town, etc.), at the discretion of the candidate. Also, include a photograph of yourself (sent as a high resolution .jpg attachment, minimum size 1MB).

Statements will be published free of charge.

They will appear in one of the two editions of the newspaper published closest to the election, depending upon the number received (either April 25 or May 2).

Each candidates’ statement can be of any length you deem necessary, but if we feel it’s too long, we reserve the right to edit it for space.

Letters to the Editor

During the campaign, each candidate may also submit one letter to our Letters to the Editor forum if you want to further discuss your opinions on the various issues facing the town.

Supporters of candidates may also submit Letters to the Editor. While we will not put any limits on the number of support letters per candidate, we will limit each author to one letter of support per candidate being endorsed.

Our only request is that you keep the tone of the letters civil and submit them by noon on Monday, or earlier, for publication in the next edition.

Letters to the Editor and candidates’ statements may be submitted to the Transcript either by email at or U.S. Mail (26 Albion St., Wakefield, MA 01880). Electronic word documents are preferred to prevent the need to retype your work. Please provide a daytime phone number for verification purposes only. Phone numbers will not be published without your consent.

To ensure we treat everyone fairly, Friday, April 26 is the deadline for submitting letters to be published in our last edition prior to the town election, which would be Thursday, May 2.