Augusta County’s money-wasting ‘special’ election

Augusta County mapBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Raise your hand if you didn’t know there was a special election today in Augusta County. Better yet, raise your hand if you did know because that would be far less hands. According to reports, there was a pitiful turnout for the uncontested contest — as in six voters by 6pm in Churchville, according to a source in the area. Six voters since 6am.

A special election was ordered to fill Augusta County’s Circuit Court Clerk position that was vacated in December by long-time Clerk John B. Davis. It will temporarily filled by long-time chief deputy clerk Carol Brydge who is on the ballot today to fill the spot until the election in November.

Mrs. Brydge was unopposed. No Democrat, no Independent, no one. Yet all precincts in the county were open.

Couldn’t there have been some provision that allowed Mrs. Brydge to be declared the winner if no one filed for the special election? It seem to make sense and certainly would save money. So I feel safe in declaring Carol Brydge the winner of today’s special election. If there is a reason we cannot avoid a primary when there is only one candidate, I am all ears.

For more see Augusta County: Carol Brydge wins GOP nod for Clerk of Court special election.

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