By Sean Tubbs & Brian Wheeler
Monday, April 27, 2009
On April 27, 2009, Democrat Madison Cummings of North Garden formally launched his campaign for election to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. He is running for the Samuel Miller District seat being vacated by the retiring Sally Thomas. Cummings is competing against Lucia Phinney for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided at a caucus on Monday, May 11.
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“I’m running because I want to help make Albemarle County an even more wonderful place for this and future generations,” Cummings said during his formal announcement. Cummings delivered his speech in front of the Albemarle County Office Building surrounded by friends and family. Officials appearing with Cummings included current Albemarle County School Board member Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett) and former School Board member Gordon Walker (Samuel Miller).
“As a member of the Board, I intend to work with my colleagues to provide better opportunities for affordable housing, bring a greater emphasis on buying from local producers… and to resolve the knotty issue of ensuring a reliable long-term guarantee of clean water from our own watershed,” Cummings said.
As an example of one of his transportation priorities, he pledged that the Meadowcreek Parkway will be completed with the cooperation of the City of Charlottesville.
Cummings served on the Albemarle County School Board as the Samuel District representative from 1994 to 2001. He was first appointed to that body by Thomas, but won election to the position in 1997 when the County moved to an elected School Board.
Cummings will turn 66 in June and he is currently a part-time pharmacist at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He retired from his full-time work in that same position in 2004. He moved to the area in 1970, is married to Pat Cummings, and has children and grand-children living in the community.
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