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October 07, 2011

James Norwood - Albemarle Supervisor candidate interview

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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.


400px-20111007-JimNorwood 2011 Albemarle Supervisor candidate interview
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).

Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110922-Norwood

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?

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