If Helen Hughes were on the ballot today, would she be elected? She was by all accounts an amazing person who contributed greatly to her community and undertook her duties with care and consideration. She did it as a matter of civic duty - it wasn't about the next rung on the ladder, or an ideology, it was about what was best for Victoria. Arguably, a very different person from who is sitting at that table right now. Given the state of things, I'm not sure she'd run in the current environment and worse yet, I'm not sure she'd be elected.
There's something that is very sad about that thought - that we are moving rather rapidly towards shutting the door on some very capable and effective leaders, not because they can't do the job and can't do it well, but because we've chosen the sizzle over the steak.