The person to receive the Republican Party’s nomination in the Roanoke County race for the Hollins supervisor seat won’t get it because of his political positions, values or months of campaigning.
No. The names will be drawn at random on Tuesday, from a single, dark bag.
After an unusual 389-389 tie at Saturday’s Fire House Primary, the Roanoke County Republican Party convened during the weekend to work out the details on how to choose between Al Bedrosian and Mike Bailey.
David Suetterlein, the chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee, said that in the case of a tie the Hollins canvass rules dictate the nomination will be decided by lot. In this case, each candidate will have his name written on five markers, then the 10 markers will be tossed into a “dark bag.”
The committee selected former Republican Party of Virginia chairman Don Huffman to draw the winning marker at a 9:30 a.m. public event at the Roanoke County Administration Building.
The random drawing could carry broad implications about the future temperament of a board expected to make decisions about expensive and far-reaching issues, including stormwater management, at the beginning of the new year. As they came to the polls on Saturday to cast their votes, residents in Hollins chose between candidates who had established themselves as different types of conservatives.
Throughout the campaign, Mike Bailey staked his claims as a middle-of-the-road conservative. Al Bedrosian presented himself to voters as a candidate further to the right.
When the announcement was made that the nominee would be to drawn by lot on Saturday, Bailey immediately voiced his frustration.
“You’re talking about the future of the county being determined by chance,” he had 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.”