Secretary of state is not a statewide office loaded with glamour. The state’s chief elections officer and keeper of records does not normally command much of our attention. Sporadically, however, the importance of the office becomes glaringly obvious. Remember 2004.
So a vote for secretary of state is to be taken seriously. Incumbent Sam Reed, long known for evenhanded competence and integrity, is retiring. Vying to replace him are Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman. Both visited our offices twice during the campaign, and we found them to be honest and competent and intelligent. Based on qualifications and experience, however, Wyman is clearly the best choice.