Because we are stupid, we don’t pay enough attention to state and local elections. Yet state and local government still has the most day-to-day significance in our lives. When did that thought occur to me? When I had a conversation with Chris Crawford, he pointed out that it is state and local governments that police our communities, run our schools, and build and maintain our roads. Except for a huge tax bill, the average American (We who live around our nation’s capital obviously have a different experience.) doesn’t see nearly as much evidence the Federal Government is doing anything. Yet we vote in relatively large numbers in presidential elections, and turnout in local elections tends to be pathetic.
Even though I am a longtime observer of politics, it occurred to me that Chris had observed something fundamental that I had missed. After spending a little more time with him, I decided Chris is both thoughtful and a hard worker. Therefore, when Chris announced his intention to run as a Republican for Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, I decided to give him my support.
Meanwhile, we have an electoral snafu that has made Republican incumbents, especially Corey Stewart, anxious.
Prince William County’s electoral board decided Wednesday against allowing a Republican primary for candidates for the Board of County Supervisors after the local party committee missed a deadline for requesting it.
The 2-to-1 decision — with the board’s two Democrats siding against the Republican — means that board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), three other Republican supervisors and Sheriff Glenn Hill must seek renomination through unpredictable individual caucuses or party canvasses.
The officials, however, said they are preparing to contest the electoral board’s decision in Prince William County Circuit Court. (continued here)
A hearing to determine whether Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart – and three other local Republican incumbents – can defend their seats in the June 9 primary has been set for this Friday at the county courthouse.
According to Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles, retired Judge Paul Sheridan, formerly of the Arlington County Circuit Court, will hear the case. Nohe is a plaintiff. (continued here)
What happens if there is no Republican primary. Well, there is a viable alternative that will not cost the taxpayers anything. On April 25, 2015 (The official call is here.), Prince William County, City of Manassas, and Manassas Park of the Republican Party of Virginia will hold party canvass. The Republican Committee of Prince William County had intended to request primaries as well as hold the canvass, but if the primary option is not available, then the party canvass can be made to work to nominate all the party’s candidates.
So why the anxiety? There are basically two issues.
- Running a party canvass takes lots of volunteers. However, it also takes volunteers to man the polls. So that is not an insurmountable problem, but we Republicans each must make a personal commitment to making the party canvass work.
- Fewer people participate in party canvasses. Generally, only those most interested in politics will show up. That tends to make those candidates who depend upon big donors and campaign advertisements more nervous.
As a result the electoral snafu, many who might not have taken Chris Crawford‘s candidacy seriously gave him a second look. Generally, most have been impressed. Therefore, whether there is a June primary or not, it looks like Corey Stewart has a serious opponent.
Other Views On Chris Crawford
- Crawford to primary board Chairman At-Large Stewart for ‘lack of leadership’ (potomaclocal.com)
- Chris Crawford, candidate for PWC board chairman, puts focus on economic development (www.bullrunnow.com)
- Corey Stewart draws a Primary Challenge (virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com)
- 10 Questions: Chris Crawford, Republican Candidate for PWC Chairman (www.tooconservative.com)