Again, Putnam County voters can't lose for winning. They have two highly qualified candidates for sheriff, and no matter who wins on Nov. 6, the public wins bigger.
Democrat Bud Lett of Fraziers Bottom is a graduate of Winfield High School, has a bachelors degree in political science and history, and a masters in occupational safety and health from Marshall University.
Lett spent 10 years with the State Police at Cross Lanes, and 25 years with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. He was drug task force coordinator in Columbia, S.C., supervising federal, state, county and city law enforcement efforts, and ended his DEA career as supervisor for West Virginia.
Republican Steve Deweese of Scott Depot is a graduate of Poca High School, West Liberty Corrections Academy, the State Police Academy, Mountain State University with a degree in corporate leadership, and the U.S. Sergeant Major Academy.
Deweese has been a deputy in Putnam County since 1985 and is president of the Putnam County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Command Sgt. Maj. Deweese also serves with the U.S. Army and the West Virginia Army National Guard. He served two tours in Iraq.
Two fine men, and voters may choose only one.
The Daily Mail endorses Democrat Bud Lett on the basis of broad perspective and his possible ability to bring additional resources to bear on the drug problem.