My latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Thursday. In hindsight, I think it was appropriate in light of yesterday’s firehouse primary in the 14th Senate, won by Del. John Cosgrove.
According to VPAP, there are 124,202 registered voters in the 14th. Using the results from 2012, I’d venture to say that roughly 60% – or about 74,500 voters – are Republican. Only a total of 2,052 votes were cast, considered to be a high number, actually.
2.75% of Republicans (and 1.65% of all voters) in the 14th made the choice for everyone else. Yes, decisions are made by those who show up.
June 11 is the statewide primary. The three top of the ticket races for Democrats will be on that ballot. Downballot races in Hampton Roads are Virginia Beach’s Republican nominee for the 85th House of Delegates, Portsmouth’s Democratic nominee for Sheriff, and two in Norfolk, both Democratic nominating contests: the Commissioner of the Revenue and the 90th House of Delegates.
State run primaries, unlike party conventions and caucuses (assembled or unassembled), are open to all voters, regardless of party affiliation. Of the four contests mentioned above, only one – the 85th – currently has a challenger for the fall.
Unless you are willing to step up and run yourself – and you have until 7pm on June 11 to file – the choices will be made on June 11. Now is the time to get involved.
Otherwise, don’t be upset with the choices on your November ballot.
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