Jonathan Way, Mark Wolfe and Steve Smith received the Republican nomination for Manassas City Council in a well-run and smoothly operated convention this morning that again demonstrates the continuing effectiveness of the Manassas City GOP in conducting conventions. Other party units could learn a lot from the Manassas GOP, which brought a record 376 delegates to Metz Middle School in order to select three nominees from among five candidates and did so efficiently and without acrimony.
The popular Jonathan Way decided to campaign as a block along with Mark Wolfe and Steve Smith, which likely didn’t make much of a difference for Way but significantly boosted the vote totals for Wolfe and Smith. This block effectively out-worked candidates David Core and Maureen Wood, and rescued the candidacy of Steve Smith which probably would not have otherwise prevailed on the first ballot. Being an incumbent is a strong advantage, but having a superior convention strategy takes that advantage and turns it into a decisive one. Still, the margin between David Core and Steve Smith wasn’t very large, so there was some evident frustration with Steve Smith’s voting record.
If there’s a lesson to be learned (re-learned?) for conservatives in Manassas City, it’s that complacency isn’t that productive.
Congratulations to Jonathan Way, Mark Wolfe and Steve Smith for winning the nomination. They really earned this nomination, and are now virtually guaranteed to prevail in Manassas City’s municipal elections in May. No other candidates for the general election have been announced.
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