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November 01, 2011

Albemarle Supervisor candidates on city/county/UVa cooperation

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In the run up to Election Day on November 8th, Charlottesville Tomorrow will once again mail out our in-depth nonpartisan voter guide, featuring exclusive one-on-one interviews with all the candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.  In the weeks before the election, we will feature one to two questions a day so that citizens like you can compare candidates’ answers and make an informed choice November 8th.

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s 2011 Election Center website features links to the full written transcript and audio of candidate interviews, as well as links to videos of candidate forums, copies of our 2011 voter guide, information on where to vote, and more.  All the following passages are excerpts from our interviews.

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, THIRD IN A SERIES

image from cvilletomorrow.typepad.comHow should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?


 

Rivanna District

Ken Boyd (R) – Incumbent

The county, the city and the university have a long history of collaborative discussions and actions.  We have a very different scenario from many regional communities in the commonwealth where the cities and counties don’t even try to work together.  These efforts, in such a diverse community, will inevitably lead to differences of opinion, but we deserve kudos for continuing the discussion.

I represented the board for several years on the county, city and UVA joint [Planning and Coordination Council] (PACC) committee and I have participated in countless discussions with both the city and the university.  These efforts have led to many collaborative ventures, including [the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center] (CATEC), and the Ivy Creek School, courts and jail authority, mass transportation, water, sewer, and solid waste, recycling, and may other joint ventures.  I expect we will continue to move in the same direction.

 

Cynthia Neff (D) – Challenger

Again, this is like an absolute great question.  It’s one that really resonates me … I don’t need a passport to come into the city.  We’re one place.  You know, I don’t understand these artificial constructs we’ve put up between us because they are inhibiting our progress.  And the same thing with UVA. 

… UVA is often an afterthought.  … [There are] millions and millions of dollars of procurement that the University of Virginia does and of course they go out to low bidders, but you know there’s a great opportunity for us to all sit down together with them and say, “Well, you know, let’s see what we could provide locally.” … maybe the city and the county we could work together in true economic development form and try to figure out how to give these our companies a chance to have like a little tax break or something so that they can compete and start to grow that business … the county can’t do that alone.

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October 29, 2011

Albemarle Supervisor candidates on growth area expansion

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In the run up to Election Day on November 8th, Charlottesville Tomorrow will once again mail out our in-depth nonpartisan voter guide, featuring exclusive one-on-one interviews with all the candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.  In the weeks before the election, we will feature one to two questions a day so that citizens like you can compare candidates’ answers and make an informed choice November 8th.

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s 2011 Election Center website features links to the full written transcript and audio of candidate interviews, as well as links to videos of candidate forums, copies of our 2011 voter guide, information on where to vote, and more.  All the following passages are excerpts from our interviews.

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, SECOND IN A SERIES

image from cvilletomorrow.typepad.comShould the board consider boundary adjustments for Albemarle County’s designated growth areas to create new locations for business on land currently zoned as rural areas?  Does it matter if the land is in the watershed of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir?


 

Rivanna District

Ken Boyd (R) – Incumbent

Well, to the first question, since my joining the board the designated growth area has actually [been] reduced by legislative process and by our master planning efforts.  Additionally, a large section of the growth area has been rendered unusable for growth when the state took over the Biscuit Run property as a park. 

We are currently updating our comprehensive plan and studying land use needs, particularly as it relates to the economic vitality action plan and light industrial zoning.  These changing opportunities and needs are why I believe that we need to have an open mind regarding the growth area boundaries and not treat the growth area as something that is absolutely sacrosanct. 

I think it does matter [if the land is in the watershed of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir].  We have already taken efforts to protect our watersheds with the setbacks, so we certainly would have to take a very close look at that.

 

Cynthia Neff (D) – Challenger

I am not comfortable at this moment expanding the boundaries of the growth area. 

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October 28, 2011

Albemarle Supervisors candidates on county rural areas

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In the run up to Election Day on November 8th, Charlottesville Tomorrow will once again mail out our in-depth nonpartisan voter guide, featuring exclusive one-on-one interviews with all the candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.  In the weeks before the election, we will feature one to two questions a day so that citizens like you can compare candidates’ answers and make an informed choice November 8th.

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s 2011 Election Center website features links to the full written transcript and audio of candidate interviews, as well as links to videos of candidate forums, copies of our 2011 voter guide, information on where to vote, and more.  All the following passages are excerpts from our interviews.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, FIRST IN A SERIES

image from cvilletomorrow.typepad.com How will you support preserving the rich agrarian tradition and texture of our rural areas? 

 


 

Rivanna District

Ken Boyd (R) – Incumbent

Protection of our rural areas is very much a priority with all of our citizens here.  I have, and I still do, support the [Acquisition of Conservation Easements] (ACE) program during times when the local economic engine is humming, so to speak, and when there’s money in the coffers to support it.  In recent economic times my emphasis has been based upon support of our agribusiness and our improved ordinances allowing for more farm markets, local food sales, and success of our wineries.  All very positive, free-market means of maintaining a vibrant rural economy.  Protecting our rural areas will continue to be a high priority of mine, along with protecting personal property rights.

 

Cynthia Neff (D) - Challenger

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October 21, 2011

Download the Charlottesville-Albemarle Voter Guides


Thanks to a generous gift from Dominion Virginia Power and the support of our news partner The Daily Progress, Charlottesville Tomorrow is once again providing in-depth voter guides for the local 2011 elections.

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2011 Albemarle Supervisors Voter Guide
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2011 Charlottesville City Council Voter Guide

 

Since 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow has provided non-partisan voter guides for each local election for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.  We don't make endorsements, we help you make an informed choice. 

Citizens have given us very positive feedback about our voter guides in past election years.  Here is one voter’s note:

"I'd like to take a moment to thank you and your co-workers for producing and distributing the Charlottesville Tomorrow Voter Guide....Perhaps your thoughtful, apolitical approach will inspire others to work toward a democratic process which brings people together to discuss our commonalities, and at the least, you have empowered citizens to vote."

Make sure to visit our 2011 Election Center website where you can download copies of the voter guide, review candidate bios, listen to candidate interviews, and even watch videos of recent candidate forums.  We appreciate your support!

Audio and video of Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum - North Charlottesville Business Council

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The North Charlottesville Business Council held a candidates forum on October 19, 2011 for the five candidates seeking election to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The event was held at the Doubletree Hotel and sought responoses on economic vitality, the Western Bypass and the community water supply plan

Read this article for complete coverage by the Daily Progress

 Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20111019-NCBC

The candidate forum participants: 

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Questions

  1. The North Charlottesville Business Council has long been an advocate for the US 29 Western Bypass.  Albemarle County and the MPO have now approved the project. Considering where we are today, what is your position on the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved (and funded) Western Bypass and widening of US 29 from Polo Grounds Road to Hollymead?  And as a Supervisor would you vote to reconsider the project?
  2. The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is seeking a revised permit for a 30 foot earthen dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir.  What is your position on the community water supply and other RWSA infrastructure needs (sewer, treatment plants, etc.)
  3. In January 2010, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed an economic action plan (4-2).  What are your thoughts on this action plan?  Has it been successful?  Should the plan be renewed?  Are there elements that should be added?  What, if anything, should local government do to increase the economic vitality of the region?

October 19, 2011

Live audio streaming of North Charlottesville Business Council Board of Supervisors candidates forum

 

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Charlottesville Tomorrow will be streaming a live audio broadcast of the October 19, 2011 North Charlottesville Business Council candidates forum.

 

Broadcast starts at 12:20 pm
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October 17, 2011

Audio & Video of Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum - Scottsville District

2011-election-DPx476On October 11, 2011, Chris Dumler (D) and Jim Norwood (R), the two candidates vying for the Scottsville District seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, participated in a candidate forum co-sponsored by the Scottsville Community Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Charlottesville/Albemarle.

Read this article for complete coverage by The Daily Progress.

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The candidate forum participants

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October 11, 2011

Audio & Video of Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum - Rivanna District

2011-election-DPx476On October 6, 2011, the community of Westminster-Canterbury sponsored a candidate forum for the two candidates running for the Rivanna District seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.
 
Local residents came to hear the candidates respond to questions posed by moderator Bob Gibson, the audience, and each other.  Read this article for complete coverage by The Daily Progress.



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The candidate forum participants

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October 07, 2011

James Norwood - Albemarle Supervisor candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


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Candidate: James C. Norwood (R)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in Albemarle County's Scottsville Magisterial District go to the polls to elect their representative on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 22, 2011 interview with Jim Norwood (R).  Norwood’s opponent is Chris Dumler (D).

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QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on Albemarle Board of Supervisors?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the county? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • Should the board consider boundary adjustments for Albemarle County’s designated growth areas to create new locations for business on land currently zoned as rural areas?  Does it matter if the land is in the watershed of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir?
  • What role should local government play to stimulate economic vitality?  Do you support Albemarle’s economic vitality plan and are there areas you recommend for improvement?
  • What is the top priority in your personal strategic plan for action by the board of supervisors if you are elected?
  • Do you believe the Western Bypass project is consistent with the character of our community and the public’s vision for transportation in Albemarle County?
  • In recent budgets, the board of supervisors has chosen not to raise taxes to provide additional funds for capital budget needs such that the current capital budget primarily supports only maintenance projects.  How will you address capital funding needs as part of the next county budget?
  • How will you support preserving the rich agrarian tradition and texture of our rural areas? 
  • Will you consider raising the real estate property tax rate in the next county budget to invest in capital funding priorities? Why or why not?
  • Should the board of supervisors support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Christopher J. Dumler - Albemarle Supervisor candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20110912-Dumler 2011 Albemarle Supervisor candidate interview
Candidate: Christopher J. Dumler (D)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in Albemarle County's Scottsville Magisterial District go to the polls to elect their representative on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 28, 2011 interview with Chris Dumler (D). Dumler's opponent is Jim Norwood (R).


Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110928-Dumler

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on Albemarle Board of Supervisors?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the county? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • Should the board consider boundary adjustments for Albemarle County’s designated growth areas to create new locations for business on land currently zoned as rural areas?  Does it matter if the land is in the watershed of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir?
  • What role should local government play to stimulate economic vitality?  Do you support Albemarle’s economic vitality plan and are there areas you recommend for improvement?
  • What is the top priority in your personal strategic plan for action by the board of supervisors if you are elected?
  • Do you believe the Western Bypass project is consistent with the character of our community and the public’s vision for transportation in Albemarle County?
  • In recent budgets, the board of supervisors has chosen not to raise taxes to provide additional funds for capital budget needs such that the current capital budget primarily supports only maintenance projects.  How will you address capital funding needs as part of the next county budget?
  • How will you support preserving the rich agrarian tradition and texture of our rural areas? 
  • Will you consider raising the real estate property tax rate in the next county budget to invest in capital funding priorities? Why or why not?
  • Should the board of supervisors support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?