Only one Democrat filed for Putnam County sheriff, and there's a reason for that: Few people could match the resume Bud Lett brings to the table.
Lett, who lives in Frazier's Bottom, is a graduate of Winfield High School.
He went on to earn a degree in political science and history and a master's in occupational safety
and health, serve 10 years as a West Virginia state trooper, then serve from 1985 to 2010 with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ultimately as DEA supervisor for West Virginia.
Republicans do face a contest in the May 8 primary.
The Daily Mail endorses Steve Deweese of Scott Depot, a graduate of Poca High School. He's no slouch either.
Deweese has broad experience in both law enforcement and the military. He graduated from West Liberty Corrections Academy, the State Police Academy, Mountain State University and the U.S. Sergeant Major Academy.
Command Master Sgt. Maj. Deweese has worked as a corrections officer at the Putnam County Jail, as a Putnam County deputy sheriff, served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and now travels with the Army National Guard evaluating Guard units.
His opponent is Rick Parsons, who served 27 years with the Charleston Police Department, has been in the Army Reserves for 36 years, and did two tours in Iraq.
Obviously, Putnam County residents can't go badly wrong in this race.
But it would be almost disrespectful to be a slacker and fail to vote on May 8.