Republicans in Botetourt County, Alleghany, Covington, and part of Bedford County hold a “firehouse primary” Tuesday to pick a candidate for the House of Delegates.
The winner will be the GOP nominee for the seat now held by Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, who is retiring.
So far, there is no Democratic candidate — so this firehouse primary could well be tantamount to election — although there might be a Constitution Party candidate on the ballot this fall.
The candidates for the Republican nomination are:
* Buchanan District Supervisor Terry Austin, owner of Austin Electrical.
* Zachary Hatcher, an Eagle Rock pastor and businessman.
* Zach Martin of Goode, business development manager for Moore’s.
* Jim McKelvey, a Moneta businessman.
So, who do you think should get the nomination, and why? Feel free to make your case in the “comment” field below. Here’s a challenge: Can you make your case as a positive — why your candidate should win — and not as a negative — why the other guys should not? I realize that goes against how politics is usually practiced, but let’s just try, shall we?