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Drawing lots is no way to settle on the better candidate when there’s a tie.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Undoubtedly, selecting a candidate for political office by lot would be no one’s first choice. In the case of a draw, though? It’s fast, easy and inexpensive . . . and a lousy way to decide a party nomination.
It should not be a choice at all.
Yet it is what Roanoke County Republicans are stuck with in the Hollins District, where Mike Bailey and Al Bedrosian each turned out 389 voters for Saturday’s firehouse primary to choose a nominee for a seat on the county board of supervisors.
This morning, Bailey and Bedrosian each will have five markers with their names on them thrown into a bag. At 9:30 a.m., former state party chairman Don Huffman will draw one. The name on it will be the name of the Republican nominee. Simple as that. Mindless, in fact.
Deciding a party’s candidate for political office should be a deliberate choice involving some thought and judgment. Given the even split among voters, a vote by the district executive committee would have been a preferable way to break the tie.
Of course, the route agreed upon before the party canvass is the route county Republicans have to take. They might want to improve the process going forward, though, in the unlikely event a tie ever should occur again. Unlikely events do have a way of occurring.
As Bailey, a previous district chairman, indicated on Saturday, the party nomination should not have been left to chance. The county faces big challenges. The party should be able to pick the stronger candidate, not leave it to the luck of the draw.
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