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Patterson Calls for Candidate Lottery in Special Primary Election

Public Date: 7/24/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

​Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is calling on the five Republican candidates who have filed to serve the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's term to narrow the field down to one candidate by lottery in order to avoid the cost of a special election primary. The special primary election will cost the 11th Congressional District $650,000.

"As county executive, I must do all I can to protect our taxpayers," said Patterson. "This is about fiscal responsibility. If there is only one candidate from each party running, there is no need to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a special primary election."

Some have argued that voters deserve a choice in the primary. Patterson says if the candidates narrow the field down to one by lottery, voters will have a clear choice in November's special election.

I believe in the election process," said Patterson. "But common sense is a necessary component of that process. It's ridiculous to spend that amount of taxpayer dollars on a special primary election for just a couple weeks in office."

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