Regarding The Herald’s Oct. 4 editorial regarding the lieutenant governor’s race: “Denny Heck best qualified as lieutenant governor”:
Your readers deserve a competing view on your decision not to endorse Marko Liias for lieutenant governor. Following a fairly balanced description of each candidate’s qualifications, you say “The tie-breaker here is Heck’s past work in both state and federal offices and the institutional knowledge that his resume provides.” What is not said here is that Heck’s term in our state Legislature ended in 1986 (34 years ago) and his staff position for Booth Gardner ended in 1993 (27 years ago). Few, if any of the same people or issues are still around today.
Politics is a “people” job, very much dependent on building positive relationships with others currently holding responsible positions. Liias’ leadership role in our state Senate for the past six years gives him the nod in that contest. A successful lieutenant governor in 2021 and beyond not only must know the people, but also know the issues and their interrelationships right now. Liias wins that contest, also. He’s closer to the job than anyone else could be. He ought to be our choice for lieutenant governor.