“After the primary, I didn’t think it was possible to run as a write-in candidate, but people were concerned enough that they looked it up,” Quinn said.
Quinn said that ever since losing the May primary to political newcomer Randall Braboy, many people have been asking and encouraging him to consider running, and he felt like it was a good idea.
As there are no Republicans running for the seat, Braboy would otherwise be uncontested in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, which Quinn said was on a lot of voters’ minds.
Quinn added that he was encouraged to run by Republican voters, who couldn’t vote for either him or Braboy in the primary, and by independent voters, who couldn’t have voted for any of the partisan candidates in the primary.
Quinn has also said that many of those who called him had concerns about Randall Braboy’s relative lack of experience. In response, Braboy said that “voters chose change over experience in the primary,” and added that he is more than qualified for the job.
Braboy said that if at all possible, he will run a completely positive campaign and that he expects to win in the general election, just as he did in the primary.
In the primary election held in on Tuesday, May 18, Braboy, who had never sought political office before, got 1,492 votes to Quinn’s 1,322. Both are Democrats, and there are no Republicans running for this office. Quinn has been the county attorney since 1985 and has run unopposed during most of those elections.
Les Fugate, deputy assistant secretary of state, said this is both legal and common, and added any write-in candidate must file at least 10 days before the general election.
Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas said Quinn officially filed early Monday afternoon.