Local Election Issues Heat Up

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

October 30, 2007

Behind taxes, development is the driving issue in a number of local elections in Albemarle County, specifically the Board of Supervisors.

As White House hopefuls stop in to try to win your vote for an election more than a year away, local candidates are addressing issues in these last seven days that could affect your everyday life.

“This year affects their lives more than the presidential does and I wish they would turn out more this year,” said Christian Shoenewald, Vice Chair of the Albemarle County Republicans.

“People are concerned about things that affect them directly,” Fred Hudson said, of the Albemarle County Democrats.

While the voting booths may be empty and cool next Tuesday the issues are cooking.

Both republicans and democrats agree development changes are a key issue, but it's what to do about the future of Albemarle County that they differ on.

“I don't think anybody right now wants to stop growth. I think people want it done in a reasonable way with the issues that are being developed as a result of the growth to be dealt with as growth occurs,” said Hudson.

Democrats say the republican board members have failed at controlling growth and the issues stemming from it.

While republicans argue that's not true and they have made the county more economically attractive.

“Yes growth is an issue that's facing Albemarle County, it's a big issue and Ken and David both have been very responsible in the way that they've handled growth, they've found ways to balance people's property rights versus the need to preserve the rural nature of Albemarle County,” explained Shoenewald.

As far as the constitutional elections go, both parties agree those are not issue driven as much as character appeal and experience based.

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