Discussion Thread: Assessing the Candidates

Since I've been talking about how I assess the candidates today: How do you assess candidates running for office? (This question is not limited to US voters.) Do you even bother assessing the candidates in all parties, or are there certain parties you don't even bother seriously considering? Do you assess local candidates differently from national candidates?

Please note that this thread is not an invitation to stump for a particular candidate, although you are welcome to cite examples of specific kinds of assessments that have mattered to you. And, as always, please use I language, making sure not to imply or plainly state that your way is the best or only way. Do not tell anyone else how they should vote.

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