Newspaper endorsements for political candidates are part of a long tradition, and they still function much like they have for generations.

Sarah Garrecht Gassen, an editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star, says the process is much like a job interview.

For example, you want to learn about the candidate's experience, why he or she is running, and how much knowledge he or she has about the office and its constituents.

"We're looking for people who can do the job that they're running for. Who are educated about the issues, who have something more than a campaign stump speech like 'we've got to take back our country,'" Garrecht Gassen says.

"If you're running for state house, for example, what are some district-specific things that you think need to get changed and how would you get that done?"

The Arizona Daily Star is the largest newspaper in southern Arizona, and it has endorsed multiple candidates this year, from president of the United States to much less prominent positions such as state representatives or members of the Tucson Unified School District board.

Garrecht Gassen says endorsements are seen as a vital community service that is especially important to many people in today's hectic world.

Many potential voters may not have the time or inclination to conduct a lot of personal research on all of the candidates and the races.