Thursday, October 8, 2009

Local Party Primaries To Be Discussed

A committee of the Putnam County commission next week will consider a resolution relating to primary elections held by the county's political parties. A copy of the resolution has not yet been prepared, but it's expected to request that the county parties consider NOT holding a primary in 2010, in an effort to save money for the county. The county commission cannot force the issue, but state law gives discretion to the local party as to whether they want to choose candidates through the primary process or by a party caucus. They could also decide that no party affiliation is necessary to run for local offices. School board candidates, for example, do not run as either Democrats or Republicans. The issue will come up before the county's Fiscal Review Committee on Monday night.