Chairman of the bored
How much importance do we attach to character issues for candidates running for public office? If an individual has a proven talent for balancing budgets, competence in conducting negotiations, and is an able administrator do we care if they were arrested a decade earlier on charges of drunk driving, tax fraud, or criminal sexual misconduct? What about if they were convicted of a felony a decade ago and have already served their sentence/debt to society, would you dismiss this candidate from consideration based on their previous conviction alone? Would the nature of the offense make a difference?