Some local candidates not pursuing endorsements

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- As you research which candidates to vote for in local election, how important to you are endorsements?

They come from the newspaper, unions, chamber of commerce and can mean a difference in a number of votes.

But some candidates are bucking tradition and saying no to interviews that could potentially lead to an endorsement.

Tyler Vogt is a Republican running for the council seat in Ward Four.

Beryl Baker is a Green Party candidate running for the council seat in Ward One.

Both candidates declined an interview with the Arizona Daily Star.

"I have very little confidence that our meeting will result in an unbiased presentation of my platform, qualifications and opinions," said Tyler Vogt.

Baker was upset that the Star was interviewing Democrat and Republicans together and doing separate interviews for the Green Party candidates.  She thought the star was being politically biased.

"It doesn't seem like a fair way of doing things and so I decided that it made more sense for me to stand on principal and choose not to do it," said Vogt.

Tom Volgy is a former Mayor of Tucson and currently a professor of political science at the University of Arizona.

He's says by doing the interview, a good candidate can possibly change an editor's opinion.

"Well, all editors, by definition, when they're writing an editorial have to be biased.  If you're not willing to go to them and if you're not willing to talk to them then they can not reconsider their positions," said Volgy.

The Arizona Daily Star summarized its position in a statement to Fox 11:

The interview is an important part of our decision-making process and we always learn something new.  However, a candidate isn't required to stop by for an interview to win our endorsement.

Volgy says, endorsements can have a positive or negative effect on candidates.

Baker says, if an endorsement was given to her from the newspaper, she would accept it.