Pandak v. Stewart
By Too Conservative
We’re getting inquiries on today’s results in the Democratic and Republican conventions to pick nominees to succeed Chairman Sean Connaughton.Â I’m pretty far over the horizon, but I’ll convey what I know.Â (If Vincent were around, we’d be getting all the data right down to blood pressure readings from the main players). I’m very aware of the sparseness of details of this report, so I invite those who have better information to chime in in the comments.Â
My information is that Sharon Pandak, former Prince William County Attorney and Corey Stewart, Occoquan District Supervisor, each won with solid margins in their respective party conventions.Â I have no information about ambience or peripheral events.Â This will come out in the fullness of time.Â But I have heard that the margins for both winners were solid and that the will of each party was clear.
As mentioned in the comments in the post below, I’m somewhat surprised by Pandak’s victory.Â She’s well regarded personally and as an attorney, but I’ve not thought of her as having the kind of politicalÂ acumen or support that would enable her to prevail in an intra-party contest that I had thought was very much headed in the directionÂ of herÂ Democratic opponent.Â Volumes could be written about what I don’t know about Democrats in any jurisdiction outside of Fairfax.Â
It will be an interesting race with clear choices in styles, experiences, outlooks andÂ dispositions.Â Â The irony is that Stewart will be, if past is prologue, running against the incumbent, while Pandak, who served as County attorneyÂ during a good bit of theÂ Connaughton years, might beÂ more of the status quo candidate.Â Â
Although it’s early, I’ll open an Early Bird pool.Â What’s your predictionÂ about theÂ Pendak/Stewart percentageÂ in the election?Â If any independents enter the race, I’ll give everyone a chance to start over (any independent candidacies would throw off the percentages wildly).Â I’llÂ keep this early bird pool openÂ for one week, until midnight, 26 August 2006 (One entry per person, please).Â Stewart and Pandak are excluded from this contest, either under their own names or pseudonymously .Â The winner will be my guest for lunch at a restaurant of MY choosing in PrinceÂ William.Â In the case of ties, I’ll choose a winner from among the most nearly correct entries by criteria that I’ll make up on the spur of the moment.Â Â Â