Last night’s forum is a podcast. Click here to listen or download.
Thanks to the Free Enterprise Forum and Wordcast productions. There were excellent questions that I have not heard elsewhere and responses by the candidates; Christian Schoenwald presents a clear and refreshing difference from the incumbent.
Mr. Rooker’s experience and longevity is his greatest detriment. The County has gotten to where it is, for better and worse, under his leadership. It is time for a change, and Mr. Schoenwald offers that change. Listen particularly to the responses to whether Albemarle should join TJPED, the question about affordable housing and whether Albemarle should switch to an annual tax assessment to see highlights of how the candidates differ.
Below is a rough outline.
0:00 – 05:45 -Â Introduction and opening statements
05:45 – 13:10 – How should rural areas be treated in the Albemarle County comprehensive plan?
13:10 – 18:15 – What is your vision for the rural areas of Albemarle County?
18:15 – 24:10 – Should the county use funds to purchase conservation easements?
24:10 – 30:05 – Should the county join the Thomas Jefferson PartnershipÂ for Economic Development?
30:05 – 36:30 – How important is the business community to the future ofÂ Albemarle County?
36:30 – 43:10 – Define how the “neighborhood model” should be employedÂ in the county?
43:10 – 47:50 – Would you expand the designated growth areas inÂ Albemarle County?
47:50 – 54:10 – How should the country address the need for affordableÂ housing?
54:10 – 1:00:00 – Should Albemarle County switch to an annual tax assessment?
1:00:00 – 1:06:54 – What are your priorities for transportation projectsÂ in the county?
1:06:54 – 1:12:25 -What responsibilities do developers have to buildÂ “interconnected” roads?
1:12:25 – 1:18:36 – What do you think of the Ruckersville Parkway?
1:18:37 – 1:23:27 – Closing statements