October 26, 2009
Do We Need County Primaries?
Officials in Putnam County, Tennessee are looking into that question, according to a report by Nashville station WSMV. Not surprisingly, the local Democratic and Republican parties are saying "not so fast." Naturally, they seem to like having the taxpayers foot the bill for their internal candidate selection processes.
It is debatable whether voters in populous counties like Shelby, Davidson, or Hamilton, which have partisan elections for all but school board posts (the latter being limited to nonpartisanship by state law), possibly benefit from having primaries. (However, if elected positions like Trustee, Court Clerk, and Register of Deeds—I mean, come on: Register of Deeds—were stripped of their party labels, that might change.)
Small and mid-sized counties certainly do not need to take on this cost, and so I approve of the Putnam County Commission's actions. Be sure to read all the comments at Post Politics.
Elections | By joe lance | 10:10 PM