In most cases, a primary election is just the first step of the process towards election.
In Floyd County, winning a GOP primary often means winning everything.
Republicans dominate elected office here. Every member of the county’s board of supervisors is a member of the party of the elephant. So is every county official. The lasdt non-Republican to hold office was Stephanie Shortt, the commonwealth’s attorney who became a judge last year and was replaced, by appointment by the Circuit Judge, with the Republican she beat for office in 2007.
Now Eric Branscom is, once again, the GOP nominee for the job, beating out Harrison Schroeder and Travis Epes last weekend. He will win the general election this time around.
Brian Craig is the GOP nominee for Sheriff, set to replace retiring Republican Sheriff Shannon Zeman. No Democrat has stepped forward to run and the only other known candidate is Laura Reinhard Sparks, a former deputy who ran against Zeman four years ago. She lost by more than 2-1 then and is expected to lose again.
Democrats have, from time to time, been supervisors. Jerry Boothe served the Courthouse District until he retired and was replaced by Republican Case Clinger. Bill Gardner served one-term as a Democratic Supervisor from Burks Fork but stepped down after four years.
Independent Linda DeVito hopes to break the GOP stranglehold on the county board in November but faces GOP challenger Eddie Worth in Little River, a place that normally votes Republican.
An elephant, symbol of the Republican party, supposedly never forgets.
In Floyd County, the same can be said of voters who apparently never forget to vote Republican.