On Monday, April 11, four candidates in the upcoming May 14th Blanco elections signed formal statements declaring their commitment to abide by fair campaign practices. Rebecca Howerton, candidate for Blanco Mayor, Matt Lewis and Maria Guerrero, candidates for Blanco City Council, and Mike Barnes, candidate for Blanco ISD Trustee, Place 1, each filed the "Code of Fair Campaign Practices" form with Blanco election officials. Although entirely voluntary, the Texas Ethics Commission recommends all candidates subscribe to this code.
Prominent among the Code’s seven points, is the pledge that each candidate "...will conduct the campaign openly and publicly and limit attacks on my opponent to legitimate challenges to my opponent’s record and stated positions on issues." By signing the Code, the candidates also pledged that they "…will not use or permit the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or the candidate’s personal or family life."
The other points of the Code emphasize a commitment to avoid appeals to prejudices; to avoid misrepresenting, distorting, or falsifying facts, or using malicious or unfounded accusations as to the personal integrity of opponents; and a commitment to shun anything that might hamper the full and free expression of the will of the voters.
Rebecca Howerton, current Blanco City Councilwoman and candidate for Blanco Mayor, stated,
I am so proud of all of these candidates for signing this pledge. Blanco is a good, clean little town and we need to have a good, clean election based on facts and not innuendo, gossip, or half-truths.
The full, seven point Code of Fair Campaign Practices can be viewed at ethics.state.tx.us/forms/cfcp.pdf.