October 3, 2007
The Virginia Senate election and the Presidential election are getting most of the media coverage these days. But there are local elections just weeks away. Which is why the candidates and the organizers of a forum held Wednesday hoped to shed a little more light on the local races that are happening this election season.
"We want to give the voters of Charlottesville the best opportunity to know who they can vote for on November 6th, on Election Day," said Sean Tubbs, of Charlottesville Tomorrow.
Land development, housing costs, health care, the water supply and schools were among the hot topics.
"We want to get the candidates on record with their opinions on growth, transportation, land use issues, basically how Charlottsville is going to look in the future," said Tubbs.
Wednesday's forum was organized in part by the Free Enterprise Forum and Charlottesville Tomorrow. It was one of six forums planned in several locations across the Central Virginia Area.
"It's incredible to see the local elections in off years to see the number of voters drop down to thirty percent or so," said Neil Williamson, with the Free Enterprise Forum.
But these these local organizers are hoping to change the poor voter turnout this year by getting local residents active in their local races. They may not be races making national headlines, but are the races that often have the biggest impact local residents' daily life in their neighborhoods.
"It's critically important that the citizens know their local government and know the candidates that are vying for different positions," said Williamson. "In most cases we are blessed to have differing candidates with differing positions."
Williamson and Tubbs also said it's not to late for area residents to to get active in local elections. Candidates will be out in full force throughout October, talking to as many voters as possible about the issues. They say it should be relatively easy to learn about the people who are running.
There are four more upcoming forums:
October 11th, Fluvanna County Forum, Fluvanna County Courthouse, 7pm
October 15th, Greene County Forum, William Monroe Middle School, 7pm
October 17th, Rivanna District Forum, Baker Butler Elementary School, 7pm
October 23rd, Scottsville District Forum, Monticello High School, 7pm