Sapience is the quality of being wise, or wisdom. When voters are choosing a candidate, they usually hope for one with at least a degree of sapience.
Many people believe that when we grow older, our sapience also increases as we gain experience and knowledge. Sapience in an important quality in a good teacher or mentor, since students can benefit from that wisdom. Sapience is an Old French word that comes from the Latin sapientia, "good taste, good sense, intelligence, or wisdom." The Proto-Indo-European root is sep-, "to taste or to perceive."