By Fania Gordon

Charlottesville Tomorrow

Monday, April 13, 2009

Batesville resident Lucia Phinney (D) has announced she is seeking election to the Samuel Miller seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  Incumbent Supervisor, Sally Thomas (I), announced on April 8 that she is retiring from the Board at the end of 2009.

“I am going to go out and talk to as many people as I can and bring a lot of energy to the campaign,” Phinney said in an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Lucia Phinney

(Photo by Will Kerner)

Lucia Phinney has served on the Board of Trustees and the Building Committee of the Charlottesville Waldorf School and advises their Greenest School in America initiative.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of Public Policy Virginia, an organization that provides statewide public policy leadership on energy-related issues.

When asked about her reason for running for elected office, Phinney told Charlottesville Tomorrow she was running because she has a strong background in the issues facing the County.

“In my professional career, through teaching, lectures, informal conversations and visiting experts I’ve been dealing with issues that face the County. In the last five years I’ve been out knocking on doors talking to people throughout the County, especially the district, about the issues that concern them,” said Phinney.

Phinney moved to the area in 1981 and has been a member of the Architecture faculty at the University of Virginia ever since where she is a Distinguished Lecturer.  Her current research re-purposes inexpensive agricultural fabrics for energy-saving use in residential and urban environments.  She is married, with one adult son.

Phinney joins Madison Cummings (D) and John Lowry (I), who are already declared candidates for the Samuel Miller seat.  Phinney is currently the Democratic Precinct Chair for Red Hill and has volunteered for the Albemarle County Democratic Party since 2003.   County Democrats have scheduled a caucus for Monday, May 11th to select their candidates for the Board of Supervisors.  The Jack Jouett and Rio District seats will also be on the November 2009 ballot.

Local political parties will officially nominate their candidates between May 8, 2009 and June 9, 2009.   Independent candidates have until June 9th to collect necessary petition signatures to get on the ballot.

See Charlottesville Tomorrow’s

Election Watch page

for complete coverage of the County’s 2009 elections.

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