Select Control with no "Blank" option

Is there a way for a Control of the Select type in the body of the document to not have “Blank” as an option?

I’m pulling the options for my dropdown in the select from a column in a table that does not have empty cells, but it seems like the Blank option is hard-wired in the Select Control.

I’d like to get rid of it, because other parts of the document rely on there being an actual value in that selector, and I would have to code around that everywhere to make sure nothing unexpected happens if someone sets the value to blank…