I like to vote. In fact, I love to vote. There is nothing more American then going to the polls and casting a ballot. I love elections, greatly respect our local candidates, and go out of my way to ensure that all candidates receive fair coverage.
I will be perfectly clear, the poll we ran on a hypothetical judicial race was completely self-serving. I was curious to see where Kevin Van Allen stacked up against incumbent judges Robert Wiggins and Dennis Cohen. Van Allen has since stepped out of the race, but I’m still curious to see where he would have lined up.
I’ve always thought that when there is a lack of candidates, it collectively hurts society. Now, this isn’t only the Republican Party’s doing. Apparently, there is another Party, called the Democratic Party, and every decade or so they even place a candidate on a ballot. Currently, our District Attorney is a Democrat, but the situation was clearly an anomaly. The Conservative Party has shown more relevance then the Democratic Party, as they have put forward candidates in both major county elections, those being for District Attorney and for Sheriff.
I understand Van Allen’s decision not to force the primary. In four years, another election will take place for Judge and his decision perfectly positions himself for success down the road, if he chooses to run again.
We did not get a massive amount of participants and we can only speculate as to what the results would have been in an actual election, given that there were no qualifying parameters in our poll. However, legend has it that former Judge Ron Cicoria once won a judicial election as a write-in candidate. Imagine that, an elected judge based on a write in campaign. Oh the headlines.
Let us know your thoughts on the poll and feel free to take part in our next poll, this one actually on a race that is still on the horizon. That’s the race for two seats in the Avon Council. Candidates Jim Harrington (R), Jeannie Michalski (R) were victorious in the Republican primary and it’s believed that Malachy Coyne (D) will be on the Democrat line.
Van Allen: 72 Votes (51.1%)
Judge Wiggins: 51 Votes (36.2%)
Judge Cohen: 18 Votes (18%)
*Out of 141 total votes cast