Editor's Note: Help us get Election 2014 covered!

Editor's Note: Help us get Election 2014 covered!

Michele Ellson
Election 2014

Election season is here, and we’ve got big plans for making sure that you have all the information you need about your local candidates and the ballot issues you’ll be voting on. But we’re going to need your help to make those plans a reality.

Today, we’re kicking off our Election 2014 fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to make sure you know who’s running, how they’d vote on the issues they’ll confront if elected, what their track record has been on major local issues and who’s paying for their campaigns.

The Alamedan’s primary mission is to foster civic engagement by providing you with the tools you need to get involved. Helping voters make informed decisions on Election Day is a core piece of that mission.

Since we’re a nonprofit news source, we won’t be accepting campaign advertisements from candidates or their supporters. Our coverage will be reader-supported, so you can be assured that we’re following through on our nonpartisan mission to tell you what you need to know.

With your help, we can hit the ground running when all the candidates have declared – in just a few short weeks – and get you all the information you need by early October, when vote by mail ballots can be turned in. You can help make our election coverage a reality by contributing online through our fiscal sponsor, Community Initiatives, or by sending a check to Community Initiatives (with Alameda Community News Project in the register), 354 Pine Street Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.

If you’ve got questions about our election coverage, feel free to ask us here in the comments or by e-mailing me at michele@thealamedan.org. We’d love your suggestions about what would help you be a more informed voter, too.

Thanks so much for your support.