Show, don't tell

When running for office, it pays to stand out


August 5, 2020

Dana Davis

Carbon County Commissioner candidates take time in Riverside to discuss issues facing the county. From left, Dustin Buffington (R - Encampment), Sue Jones (R - Encampment) and John Espy (R - Rawlins).

In creative writing, one of the most common pieces of advice given is to "show not tell". This can be difficult to follow, but the general premise is to use descriptors to build a scene rather than using one sentence to tell the audience what is happening. After attending last Thursday's political forum, I can firmly say that this rule should apply to political candidates as well. 

There were a wide range of candidates from both sides of the aisle who participated in the forum in Riverside. With eleven candidates and two candidate representatives running for different positions, a large po...

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