Saturday, April 19, 2003

$1,000 price of Democracy in Washington County

The local Democratic party is charging candidates for constitutional office a $1,000 pre-filing fee, which an anonymous party regular described as the "incumbent protection program," as reported here.

Apparently, Virginia law provides that "[e]very candidate for nomination for any office at any primary shall, before he files his declaration of candidacy, pay a fee equal to two percent of one year's minimum salary attached to the office for which he is candidate in effect in the year in which he files," so I guess the fee would be more if the nominees were selected by primaries.

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