Council Candidate Sue Noack and the Fair Campaign Pledge

One day following our publication of an article comparing qualifications of Pleasant Hill City Council candidates Dorothy Englund and Sue Noack, Noack sent an e-mail to her supporters that stated, in part:

As we get nearer to Election Day, there has been a bit more negative and factually incorrect campaigning. I will not participate. I signed Pleasant Hill’s Fair Campaign Pledge and I intend to honor it . . . .

We wonder what Noack is talking about.  This blog doesn't represent or speak for candidates, thus Noack's remark can't be directed at our recent blog post that summarized the candidates’ resumes and public statements.  But it’s impossible to know because Noack doesn’t say who she thinks violated the “fair campaign pledge” and why.

Noack’s failure to present evidence to back up her statement amounts to a smear of her opponents.  Making vague, unsubstantiated inferences is a favorite technique some politicians use in the last days of a campaign.  We’re surprised a political neophyte would resort to such unseemly conduct, though we wonder whether Noack’s neighbor Michael Harris may be coaching her from his bag of tricks.

For the record, we publish the Pleasant Hill Fair Campaign Pledge in its entirety below.  We invite Ms. Noack to explain her comment regarding "negative and factually incorrect campaigning."  And we’d also like an explanation of how Noack's remark squares with item #3 of the pledge regarding defamatory attacks on the character of opponents.

We’d like to hear what she has to say and would much prefer that she – and all candidates for public office – back up their statements with facts, rather than hiding behind unsubstantiated accusations and innuendo.

Pleasant Hill voters deserve as much.

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1. I shall conduct my campaign for city office openly and fairly.

2. I shall discuss the issues and participate in fair debate with respect to my views and qualifications.

3. I shall not engage in, or permit, defamatory attacks on the character of my opponents; nor shall I engage in unwarranted invasions of personal privacy unrelated to campaign issues.

4. I shall not, at any time, use or permit the use of any campaign material or advertisement which misrepresents, distorts, or otherwise falsifies the facts regarding any candidate or the candidate’s position on issues.

5. I shall clearly identify myself, or my campaign committee(s), as the sender of all of my campaign mailings.

6. I shall personally approve, in writing, all of my campaign materials, advertisements or mailings prior to their use.

7. I shall publicly repudiate support derived from any individual or group whose activities would violate this fair campaign pledge.

8. I shall file all campaign statements as required by the Political Reform Act and municipal code on time, with full disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures.

9. I shall not duplicate or use any lists of contributors filed by any other candidates for the purpose of compiling my own mailing lists without the permission of the other candidate.

10. I, the undersigned candidate for election to a city office in the City of Pleasant Hill, hereby voluntarily endorse, subscribe to, and solemnly pledge myself to conduct my campaign in accordance with the above principles and practices.

Pleasant Hill Municipal Code Article III, Chapter 2.55.150