On March 10, 2008, the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by
Congregations Together (IMPACT) held its second annual Nehemiah Action
assembly at University Hall in Charlottesville.
According to IMPACT officials, over 1,900 members from twenty-eight
church congregations were present. They gathered to obtain public
commitments from local healthcare agencies and from local government
officials to address a lack of adult dental care and the need for affordable housing.
V The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors are giving further review to a recommendation from the Albemarle County Planning Commission to stop using money from the Virginia Department of Transportation to pave gravel roads in the rural areas of the County. At a work session on the Six Year Secondary road plan held on January 9, 2008, the Board asked for more analysis from County staff on the relationship between paving and development rights.
The Charlottesville City Council has held its first meeting of 2008 welcoming newly-elected members Satyendra Huja and Holly Edwards. City Manager Gary O’Connell called the meeting to order as the Council’s first order of business was its biennial organizational meeting in which it elects a Mayor and Vice Mayor to two-year terms.
In his first motions as a new City Councilor, Huja nominated Dave Norris for Mayor and Julian Taliaferro for Vice Mayor. Both were elected unanimously to their new leadership positions.
At its meeting on November 14, 2007, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning of six acres near Crozet for a planned residential development. That’s not unusual, but this time, the property will be used to bring something called co-housing to the county.
On October 17, 2007, the two candidates for the Rivanna District on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors appeared at a candidates forum sponsored by the Free Enterprise Forum and Charlottesville Tomorrow. Republican incumbent Ken Boyd and Democratic challenger Marcia Joseph answered ten questions on land use, transportation, and growth in the County. The candidates also answered several questions submitted by members of the audience. About fifty people attended the forum, which was held at Baker-Butler Elementary School on Proffit Road. The event was co-moderated by Neil Williamson of the Free Enterprise Forum and Sean Tubbs of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
The seven candidates for three seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church on October 18, 2007, for a forum hosted by several non-profit environmental and transportation groups in our region. Over fifty people attended.The co-sponsors were Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population, Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation, the Rivanna Conservation Society, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and Citizens for Albemarle.
Candidates took questions on the impact of population growth on the community, how to slow traffic growth on the region’s roads, and how to protect the quality of ground and surface waters in Albemarle County.
The moderator is Len Schoppa, President of the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation. The format for this forum was fairly unique. There were no opening or closing statements. After each of the three questions prepared by the organizers, Len Schoppa briefly summarized the ideas that he heard, and asked a follow-up question.
The three Democrats and two independents vying for election to the Charlottesville City Council answered questions from the Greenbrier Neighborhood Association on October 10, 2007. Topics included the impact of the Meadowcreek Parkway on neighborhood streets, the future of the proposed YMCA in McIntire Park, and the best way to mitigate cut-through traffic.
For a detailed list of questions and answers, as well as video, please visit Charlottesville Tomorrow for more information.
Democratic incumbent Lindsay Dorrier and independent challengers Kevin Fletcher and Denny King answered ten questions on land use, transportation, and growth in the County. The candidates also answered several questions submitted by members of the audience, ranging from ground water quality, the ethics of meeting with developers privately, and the amount of time it takes per week to serve on the Board of Supervisors.
On October 17, 2007, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Branch of the NAACP held a “Meet the Candidates”kj forum for the five people seeking a seat on the Charlottesville City Council. M. Rick Turner, President of the local NAACP, moderated the forum.
After opening statements, candidates took three questions from the host before answering another three submitted by audience members. Before giving closing statements, each candidate had the chance to ask the four other candidates a question of their own.
The five candidates for three open seats on the Charlottesville City Council participated in a forum on October 3rd and answered questions about transportation, affordable living choices, and City-County cooperation. The event, which was held in Council Chambers, was co-moderated by Neil Williamson of the Free Enterprise Forum and Sean Tubbs of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
Visit Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Election Watch 2007 website for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts, and the schedule of upcoming candidate forums. A full transcript of this candidate forum is also available.
On October 2, 2007, the two candidates for the White Hall District of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met at a Candidates Forum sponsored by Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Free Enterprise Forum. Republican David Wyant and Democrat Ann Mallek answered ten questions on land use, transportation, and growth in the County. The candidates also answered several questions submitted by members of the audience. The event, held at Henley Middle School in Crozet, was co-moderated by Neil Williamson of the Free Enterprise Forum and Sean Tubbs of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
On September 13, 2007, the Crozet Community Association hosted a candidate forum for the two candidates seeking the White Hall seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. About 60 residents gathered in the Crozet Fire Station to hear David Wyant (R) and Ann Mallek (D) present their campaign platforms. The forum was moderated by David Wayland, President of the Crozet Community Association.The format of the forum was such that each candidate had fifteen minutes to make a presentation followed by a five minute rebuttal by the first candidate. Wayland flipped a coin and Mallek, winning the toss, gave her opening statement first. Afterwards, Wayland entertained questions from the audience. The evening was dominated by growth and development issues in Crozet. Each candidate had two minutes for closing remarks.