Local elections matter.
There are six seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors; at least two will be contested this year. Every race should always be contested, so thanks to those who are volunteering to run for seat that pay $14,542 per year.
Jack Jouett – retiring Dennis Rooker has anointed School Board Rep Diantha McKeel as his successor.
Samuel Miller – Liz Palmer, board member for Albemarle County Service Authority, will be running against incumbent Duane Snow
Rio District – Urban and Environmental planner Brad Sheffield will run again incumbent Rodney Thomas.
To my eye, the announced races seem to be very much managed-growth (challengers) versus not-so-well-managed-growth (incumbents).
Pay attention, folks. Albemarle County is (and has been for years) at a crossroads. Think less of the “Austin or Aspen or Arlington ” debate and more of the “Loudoun County or Albemarle County” debate.
Get ready as well to follow the money at VPAP, the Virginia Public Access Project.