More than 1,300 people turned out to vote Saturday, in the Republican Fire House Primary to decide the GOP nominations in two Roanoke County Board of Supervisors races.
Former supervisor Joe McNamara defeated RoxAnne Christley by a razor-thin margin of five votes, according to numbers released by the party. Meanwhile, in the Hollins district, candidates Al Bedrosian and Mike Bailey are still waiting. Both candidates received 389 votes apiece in that race, leaving them at a dead-tie at 3 p.m.
You can read an overview of what happened Saturday by checking out this story.
What happens next is yet to be decided. According to David Suetterlein, the chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Party, the official rules of the Hollins Supervisor Republican Canvass state that in the case of a tie the party’s executive committee shall “determine by lot” a winner. To clarify, Suetterlein said the winner would be chosen at random. Just how the random pick will proceed remains to be seen.
“There hasn’t been a whole lot of thought as to what would happen if there was a tie,” Suetterlein said, adding that a decision would be made during the weekend.
Already, Mike Bailey has expressed frustration at the nomination being handed out by random chance.
“I’m not comfortable with that,” he said. “You’re talking about the future of the county being determined by chance. I thought maybe they’d have another alternative than that.”
Bailey said he would rather the party’s executive committee come together and cast a vote.
“Somebody has to lead,” he said. “Welcome to leadership. Sometimes you have to make a decision and go with it. I would just be comfortable knowing that an actual decision was made.”
Al Bedrosian was unavailable for comment. Multiple attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.