Honesty and experience are always some traits to look for in an elected official. However, l look more for reasonableness.
Candidates who say that they are going to cut the price of gasoline to $2.50 the day they take the oath of office, who will cut spending by 25 percent in the first month, will get Congress to come up with funding for the new highway before the end of the year, etc., etc. do not usually get my vote, unless they are the lesser of many evils.
We once had a choice in Louisiana in our governor's race to vote for Edwin Edwards, who had served three previous terms or David Duke, a former KKK leader. Gov. Edwards has always had a cloud hanging over him and was eventually convicted and served his full term.
However in the Edwards vs. Duke election, the editorial of the local newspaper express despair over the choices and concluded that it was best to vote for the crook, referring to Edwards.
Sometimes you can have standards for public officials but none of the candidates meet those standards. In those cases you have to vote for the one who has come closest to those standards and occasionally you have to actually vote against someone, just to make sure he or she does not get elected. I have been faced with that dilemma several times.