By Fania Gordon & Sean Tubbs
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
(D) has announced he will seek re-election to a second term as the Rio District member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Slutzky, who is currently serving at the Board’s Chair, announced his plans at the conclusion of the Board’s meeting on May 6, 2009. If nominated by the Albemarle County Democratic Party at its upcoming caucus, Slutzky will face challenger
(R) in the November election.
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“I actually struggled mightily with whether or not I wanted to do this for another four years,” Slutkzy said. “It takes a tremendous about of time and energy and focus… But I’m absolutely convinced that I’d be miserable if I wasn’t doing this.”
Slutzky, a County resident since 1993, won election to the seat in November 2005 when he defeated Thomas Jakubowski (I) and Gary Grant (R). Earlier this year, he announced he would not be pursuing a race for the 58th District House of Delegates seat currently held by Rob Bell (R).
Slutzky is president of E2 Inc. consulting firm and an adjunct professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia. He currently chairs the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board and has been the leader in the recent creation of a Regional Transit Authority.
In addition to his work to improve the local transportation system, Slutzky has put forward several proposals to augment the County’s existing Rural Area Policies including an initiative involving
Transfer of Development Rights
changes to the County’s land use taxation program
In March 2009, Supervisor Slutzky appointed Don Franco, President of KG Associates, an Albemarle County- based developer to the Planning Commission to replace Jon Cannon who resigned to work as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team.
Slutzky’s opponent is Rodney Thomas (R), the only other person who has so far announced candidacy for the Rio seat. Thomas is currently the President of Charlottesville Press, a local offset printing company, and is a former Chairman of the Albemarle County Planning Commission.
Slutzky’s nomination will be ratified at the Democratic Party’s caucus on Monday, May 11 in Lane Auditorium. Independent candidates have until June 9th to collect and submit the necessary petition signatures to get on the ballot.
The Jack Jouett and Samuel Miller District seats will also be on the November 2009 ballot.
(I) is the only announced candidate for the Jack Jouett seat. Democrats
are both running for the Democratic nomination to replace
as the Supervisor for Samuel Miller. Independent John Lowry has announced he is also seeking to replace Thomas.
See Charlottesville Tomorrow’s
Election Watch page
for complete coverage of the County’s 2009 elections.