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Voters should focus on more than just electability

In a letter to the editor, Sharon Coleman writes, "In choosing our next president, let’s stand up firmly for strength of character and democratic values."

To the editor:

I’ve been troubled by the obsessive focus on electability as the one important factor in a Democratic presidential candidate, while ignoring the issues of character and values. In a recent column, Alan Chartock proclaimed that Mike Bloomberg can defeat Trump. Does this mean that we should turn a blind eye to his past actions and vote for him? In the meantime, someone of the caliber of a Liz Warren was being dismissed and I wondered about whether some people carry a belief that “a woman could never beat Trump.” I’d like to suggest that we question any automatic assumptions.

I can envision a woman like Warren in the top job in this country and would welcome a grown-up who has a steady hand on the wheel and who will steer us in the fair and progressive direction she has advocated for years. In choosing our next president, let’s stand up firmly for strength of character and democratic values.

Sharon Coleman
Great Barrington

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