Monday, October 31, 2011
In just over a week, voters will decide who replaces Lindsay Dorrier as Scottsville’s representative on Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors. The retiring Democrat is often seen as a swing vote for some of the board’s more controversial decisions, like the decision to move forward with a Route 29 Western Bypass. Now for the two new candidates, the race is on to win over voters.
Republican candidate Jim Norwood talked jobs Saturday in Scottsville. He says the board can do more to encourage small business growth in southern Albemarle.
“We need to find ways to be creative with overall expansion in the private sector,” he said. “Whether we have tax incentives that are not in place at this time. We need to pass ordinances that are going to make government less impactful on private investment.”
Norwood got some help delivering that message from Congressman Robert Hurt.
“I don’t think there’s anything more important at a local level than creating an environment that’s conducive to job creation,” Hurt said during a speech to supporters.
While Hurt and Norwood campaigned, about 15 miles north near Mill Creek, Democrat Chris Dumler was knocking on doors.
“We’re reminding supporters they’ve got to get out there and vote November 8″ he said.
Dumler says pressuring Richmond to change the formula that determines how much funding each locality gets from the state could help the board better tackle budget shortfalls.
“One of the things I support is fixing the composite index formula on the state level that doesn’t take into account our land use taxation program, doesn’t take into account that we pay revenue sharing money to the city of Charlottesville,” he said.
Despite ever-decreasing funds, both candidates say preserving teacher jobs is an education priority.
Both candidates insisted that the school division should work hard to use the money they have wisely. However, Dumler did leave the door open to tax increases, but only, he says, if there’s an outcry of support for such a measure from constituents.
As for the Western Bypass, Norwood supports the roadway, and Dumler opposes it. This summer Dorrier cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the bypass.