Make political parties pay for their primaries
By Christian Trejbal
Trejbal is a member of The Roanoke Times editorial board. He is based in the New River Valley.
Del. Mark Cole and I agree on very few policy and social issues, but a bill he introduced for the General Assembly session that starts this week is one of them. Most Virginians should love it, and most politicians will hate it.
The Republican from Fredericksburg wants political parties, not the public, to pay for primary elections. H.B. 36 would end partisan primary welfare.
“I don’t think it’s right for taxpayers to foot the bill for the party nomination process,” he explained when I spoke to him about the bill. “I’m not sure why Republican taxpayers should foot the bill for the Democratic primary and vice versa.”