The flaw in that argument is that because you work day in and day out with elected officials - you often get a biased view from your information and sources.
What reporter is going to work day in and day out with a candidate to give them that equal opportunity?
Knowing someone is a lot different that being able to discern their job performance, and what changes could be effective or not, if needed.
Sheriff has some issues to address - but changes will take years whoever is in...
Judges are mainly a popularity contest - and name recognition is vital,
I see all kinds of ads for the Probate - very little for Circuit,
Wonder why one seems more lucrative?