An informal email survey and website scan of AAN's 123 American papers finds that 57 have made presidential endorsements this year, and all of them are endorsing Barack Obama. It marks quite a difference from 2000, when a similar survey found alt-weeklies' endorsements evenly split between Al Gore and Ralph Nader. Many papers choose not to endorse, for a variety of reasons, but some of those papers jumped into the fray for the first time this year.
That's what San Francisco's school board president Mark Sanchez, who hopes to replace District 9 Supervisor Tom Ammiano, tells the Bay Area Reporter. Another candidate, David Campos, this week secured the backing of another important group, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, but Sanchez downplayed not receiving that nod, saying the real prize will be the Bay Guardian's endorsement, which is expected in October. Campos agreed: "I think the Bay Guardian is definitely an important endorsement," he tells the Reporter.