On election announcements

I have noticed in election announcements you never mention which party the candidate is running in. I have noticed this in the past couple of elections. Is there a reason that this information is omitted?

BILL HAVENS/Greenbrier

Response from the Editor: The Log Cabin Democrat treats every first announcement of candidacy the same. Candidates are invited to write their own announcements and to include information they deem necessary. Beyond that initial announcement, all publicity for any candidate on behalf of the newspaper is either in the form of a purchased advertisement or coverage of a debate, seminar or public address by a reporter. The LCD does not influence the candidates’ choices for content concerning the first announcement.