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Local election kingmakers?

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Joe Kana distributed campaign flyers with an Ellis County Press April 28 story in his bid for Lancaster school board.

He defeated an incumbent, a result of those widely distributed articles, Kana said.

Palmer Councilman Mike Greenlee, who has had to answer for past questionable spending as the city’s mayor, blamed his re-election defeat May 10 on this newspaper.

While we can’t take credit for running campaigns, public officials need to know if you sign the line to run, any decision and record – no matter if it’s 12 years ago or two – will be be exposed.

The April 28 article about a recently-indicted chief financial officer of Lancaster ISD has prompted an outpouring of support and readership from the Best Southwest area (southern Dallas County).

Greenlee’s entire slate was defeated in local elections, and we can’t say it was a surprise.

If officials deliberately try to avoid us or attempt to cover their records up – it will only make matters worse; meanwhile, it’s a refreshing thing to wake up the day after the election and have public officials credit your work for informing the people. We’re just a newspaper, but we’re formidable. Officials should think about that before making a run for re-election.

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