Not long ago, when it became clear that three candidates would be seeking the County Legislative seat currently help by Terry Bernardo, I predicted that Mr. Dawson would win the Republican line, Mrs. Bernardo would win the Conservative and Independence Party lines, and Mrs. Bernardo would win the primary for the Republican line possibly with less than 50% of the total vote.
The first step has happened. Mr. Dawson won the weighted voting of the Rochester Town Republicans over Terry Bernardo. The only surprise was the that the third candidate received no votes at all, especially since she is on the committee. For reasons unknown, she chose not to cast a vote -- which is her right of course. Some speculate that she did not know she could vote for herself. Others speculate that the reason is a frequently used though rarely successful strategy to foster a claim that she never sought support of the committeemen and instead is going directly to the voters. I neither know nor really care why personally.
Now, we wait for the other party lines, and then the primaries begin. Let's see if my predictions bear fruit.