Too much democracy in Kentucky?

The Lexington Herald Leader editorial board published the following yesterday:

This year, the paper will recommend in the governor, attorney general and  auditor races. The paper traditionally has not endorsed for agriculture  commissioner, secretary of state or treasurer — positions the board feels should  be appointed.

My sentiments exactly. Generally speaking, democracy is a good thing. But should the people really be voting on things like the agricultural commissioner or treasurer, whose main job is to write the state checks? To what extent does the average Kentuckian have a clue what those jobs actually do? Even if they did, to what extent do average Kentuckians possess the skills to meaningfully evaluate which candidate would  better perform those check-writing tasks? Further, why in the world are these partisan offices? Is there really a “Democratic” or “Republican” way to write checks??? In sum, I agree with the newspaper that these should be appointed, rather than elected, offices.

But that’s just me.

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