Political races are run and decided on perception. Most voters never meet the candidates, much less have extended interaction with them. We are left to the media, debates, word of mouth, the discussion with friends and the believability of a spit-polished resume to make a decision.

I was disheartened by the announcement of Jon Huntsman’s concession. My perception of Spencer Cox is like that of the hyper, front-row elementary student, bouncing up and down in his seat, waving his hand, calling out, “Pick me, pick me!”

Watching and listening to the debates provided nothing remarkable, memorable or noteworthy regarding Cox’s positions or preparation. I did not perceive a cache of wisdom, depth of experience or expansive insight for the future of the state.

His presence and comments were nondescript leaving me hoping for something, anything that would provide me with a glimpse of his vision for Utah’s future.

Huntsman did not need to be governor. His return to Salt Lake City on the shoulders of his broad-based exposure to world leaders and the intricacies of their economies would open doors and opportunities that Cox can only dream of. There was a perception of wisdom and confidence that can only be accumulated through extended, high-level experience.

Should Cox prevail in the general election, only time will tell if there is more substance to the perception he left me with.

Norm Dahle, Holladay