Putnam County is fortunate to have two qualified, capable candidates for the seat Judge O.C. Spaulding left when he retired for health reasons. We like Judge J. Robert Leslie, a Democrat, who is currently filling Spaulding's unexpired term.
Leslie was chosen by a bipartisan commission to fill the unexpired term and has been endorsed by police chiefs, sheriffs and the Farm Bureau.
He is sensible about the need for alternative sentencing and treatment for the thousands of drug-addicted people who come through local courts these days. He is a solid choice in the Nov. 6 election, for which early voting begins Oct. 24.