Money in Charlottesville and Albemarle Elections

Thanks to VPAP, we know that the Rio District race in which David Slutzky lost to Rodney Thomas cost $150k, the Samuel Miller District race cost nearly $100k, and in the City of Charlottesville with its traditionally non-competive elections cost a mere $20k.

It’s a damn shame that local elections cost a quarter of a million dollars.

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  1. Dave Phillips December 8, 2009 at 17:30

    The real question is – is it better to have non-competitive cheap races, or expensive races where people have a real choice between candidates?

  2. Jim Duncan December 9, 2009 at 09:15

    Dave –

    That’s absolutely a valid point, and one with which I agree. The current situation is probably the best we we can do (for now) but when I think about what the $250k could be spent on other projects within the community …


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