A note about endorsements

As part of our civic duty, we on The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board offer our recommendations in as many contested races in the region as we can.

Toward that end, we research ballot measures, conduct interviews and attend candidate forums. But we generally don’t endorse in districts where, based on voter registration, one party is so dominant that the incumbent is essentially assured of victory.

We support the re-election of Reps. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento. The same is true of Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, represents his constituents. On the flip side, we wish Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, represented a district where a challenger might have a chance.

Barring an unforeseen development, each of these candidates will win on Nov. 8. Rather than spend the time it takes to formally endorse in races where the outcome is virtually certain, we will be focusing on contested campaigns where the outcome is in doubt.