Monday, October 19, 2009

Putnam Commission Discusses Party Primaries

The Putnam County commission has now gone on record as being in favor of doing away with primary elections for local offices in the county. The commission voted, 14-to-9, Monday night to pass a resolution asking the county's political parties to forego primaries for offices on the local level -- including those for county commission, county executive, road supervisor, sheriff, county clerk and circuit court clerk. Primaries would still be held for state and federal offices. Proponents of the move to eliminate local primaries say it will save the county about $60,000 this year, but the ultimate decision is not up to the county commission. The membership of the Putnam County Democrat Party and Putnam County Republican Party will have the final say.