Every crew benefits from experienced hands. Democrat Jim Bradley knows the ropes of Salt Lake County government, and voters should keep him in his post as an at-large member of the County Council. Experience and institutional knowledge matter for good government.
Bradley's not just a fair-weather sailor. He volunteered to be the point man for the controversial police fee that the county and the Unified Police service district imposed in the unincorporated area a few years ago. The fee ignited intense opposition from many citizens and it eventually was snuffed out by the Legislature and replaced by a property tax. Nevertheless, the fee was good public policy and a fair method to collect revenues for policing. The county government bumbled its attempts to explain it to taxpayers, but that wasn't for want of Bradley trying. He did his best in hostile public forums and took his lumps.
The memory of that episode in voters' minds may hurt his effort at re-election. But he should get credit for staking his ground and doing his best to explain a complex policy.