I agree with Jonetta Rose Barras [“Is a black candidate the best candidate?” Local Opinions, Feb. 16]. Voting in the District’s mayoral race should be about electing the most qualified individual. These qualifications should include a record of unblemished public service defined by tangible results and realistic, well-defined short-term or strategic objectives. 

I am a 62-year-old African American male and native Washingtonian who abhors and eschews any effort to make race a key factor in this election. Indeed, I have been dismayed and angered by the actions of a handful of elected officials who breached the public trust through avarice, stupidity and arrogance. We need to get beyond the notion of voting for someone because of our comfort level with his or her race or gender.

M.E. Du Bose, Washington