On October 22, 2013, Charlottesville Tomorrow and The Daily Progress co-sponsored a candidate forum for the two candidates seeking election to the Jack Jouett District seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.
The two candidates running as independents are Diantha McKeel and Phillip Seay. Four of the six magisterial district seats on the board will be determined in the November 5 election.
About 25 local residents came to Jack Jouett Middle School to hear the candidates respond to questions posed by the sponsors, the audience, and each other. Read this article for complete coverage by The Daily Progress. The audio podcast is available in the box at right.
- 00:04:40 -- Diantha McKeel
- 00:07:03 -- Phillip Seay
SEVEN MODERATOR QUESTION TOPICS
1. If real estate tax revenues increase, should Albemarle lower its property tax rate? Why or why not?
- 00:10:30 -- Seay
- 00:11:37 -- McKeel
2. Do you support the construction of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29? Why or why not?
- 00:13:14 -- McKeel
- 00:15:08 -- Seay
3. Describe a part of local government that would benefit from increased city and county cooperation and that you would make a priority?
- 00:17:25 -- Seay
- 00:18:55 -- McKeel
4. Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.
- 00:21:09 -- McKeel
- 00:22:28 -- Seay
5. Business leaders and social service agencies have told the Albemarle Board of Supervisors that new investments are sorely needed in the area of early childhood education. Will you make pre-K education and quality childcare a priority and if so how?
- 00:24:48 -- Seay
- 00:26:19 -- McKeel
6. How would you describe the challenges and opportunities facing Albemarle County's rural farms, fields, and forests?
- 00:28:31 -- McKeel
- 00:30:12 -- Seay
7. Name one specific area of the county budget that you are concerned about and why. Do you think it deserves more funding or less?
- 00:32:30 -- Seay
- 00:34:38 -- McKeel
AUDIENCE QUESTIONS -- 00:37:30
- Would you support a county tax at point of purchase (consumer tax)?
- What is your position on adding interchanges to the proposed Western Bypass at Barracks Road and Hydraulic Road?
- It has been said that the Western Bypass alone will not solve the traffic problem on U.S. 29. But what about the package of widening Hillsdale and upgrading the Best Buy interchange? How do you rate the impact of these improvements?
- Residential growth costs more to the County than it brings in. What is your position on proffers? What other alternatives are there to pay for development?
- In the past several years, wineries and other businesses have flourished in the countryside. However, this has also lead to conflicts such as noise and traffic with neighbors who sought a rural quality of life. How do you reconcile these two activities?
- What are your plans for public transportation and bus service that is frequent and reliable connecting the county to the city, so that in the near future it is possible for someone without a car to live in the county and work or shop in the city?
- If you are elected would you vote to expand the current boundaries of Albemarle County's designated growth area?
- How do you see the county enabling our growing senior population to age in place?
CANDIDATES ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS -- 01:01:00
- 01:07:40 -- Phillip Seay
- 01:09:53 -- Diantha McKeel