Today a judge in Prince William county denied a writ of mandamus filed by Chairman Corey Stewart and three others to overturn the ruling of the Prince William County Electoral Board which denied a primary to the four Republicans.[read_more]Â Read more on the chaos leading up to his pointÂ here, here, and here.Â Â Arlington Circuit Court Judge Paul Sheridan who came out of retirement to hear the case ruled the Electoral Board of Prince William can decide if the county will have a primary, adding â€œmandamus is not the right way to proceed.â€ From Potomaclocal.com,
Republicans argued state law allows incumbent candidates who have won a previous Primary Elections to automatically be allowed another Primary. The judge didnâ€™t see it that way and said state law mandates a Primary Election must be requested by a party or candidate in advance.
Sheridan also denied a request to issue a declaratory judgement that could have ordered the local electoral board to a Primary.
â€œIt is not for a judge, in light of all this, to tell [political] parties, state, or local organizations how to proceed,â€ said Sheridan.
To choose their nominees, Republicans in Prince William County will now have to decide between a firehouse primary, also called a canvass, or a convention.
Chairman of the board of supervisors Corey Stewart responded to today’s ruling saying,
â€œThis is an attempt by the Democratic Party to disenfranchise members of our military, the disabled, and those who will not be able to participate in this electoral process,â€
Stewart added this statement about the electoral board’s decision and the chances that they will change their vote and allow a state run primary,
“I hope they do the right thing. If they donâ€™t â€“ thatâ€™s on themâ€¦ but theyâ€™re(sic) decision last week indicated that theyâ€™ve decided to take a dishonorable approachâ€¦Iâ€™m appealing to their sense of justice, and doing the right thing, but frankly, Iâ€™m not all that hopeful,â€