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May 12, 2009

County Republicans have two candidates in Samuel Miller race

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By Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Albemarle County Republican Party set 6:00 PM today as the deadline for candidates to file to run for seats on the Board of Supervisors. The seats representing the Jack Jouett, Rio, and Samuel Miller districts will all be on the ballot in the November 3, 2009 general election.  Before today, Rodney Thomas (R) was the only declared Republican candidate in the County, and he is running against incumbent David Slutzky (D) for the seat representing the Rio magisterial district.

In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow shortly before tonight's filing deadline, Christian Schoenwald, the Albemarle County Republican Party Chairman, confirmed that he has two candidates who have pre-qualified to seek the party's nomination in the Samuel Miller district, and none for the Jack Jouett district.  Schoenwald declined to disclose the candidates' names because he said the candidates wanted a couple days to get all the necessary paperwork submitted with the local voter registration office.

Schoenwald said the party would first make a public announcement of the candidates' names on the Rob Schilling Show on WINA AM 1070 on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at noon.

County Republicans will have their nominating caucus on May 26, 2009.  At that caucus, the party will confirm that Rodney Thomas is their nominee for the Rio district and they will select one of the two Samuel Miller candidates to face Madison Cummings (D) and John Lowry (I) in what is shaping up to be a three-way contest.  Independent candidates have until June 9, 2009 to get on the ballot.

See Charlottesville Tomorrow's Election Watch page for complete coverage of the County's 2009 elections.

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