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Jack Jouett Candidates Speak On Their Vision for Albemarle County

November 1, 2013

Independent candidates Diantha McKeel and Phillip Seay are battling for the Jack Jouett seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Currently, Dennis Rooker holds that seat on the board.

“I support education, economic development, I support environmentally friendly practices,” says McKeel.

McKeel has a long background in education and served on the Albemarle County School Board for four terms. She also acknowledges that strong schools build strong communities.

“I just believe, for our community, having really strong public schools in the city and the county is critical to our economic prosperity,” explains McKeel.

Philip Seay has 28 years of public service experience in Virginia's state, county and city governments and believes public safety is important in the county.

“Making sure that our emergency services, police, fire and rescue are adequately staffed, adequately trained, adequately retrained and they have the up to date equipment to protect us and take care of us in the need of man-made and natural emergencies,” says Seay.

Seay was against the route 29 bypass project, but believes that if it is built responsibly then it can improve traffic issues in the county.

“Folks are coming in here all the time and we need certain services,” says Seay. “The main thing is not to out strip your infrastructure and your resources, both manmade and natural in the name of development.”

Mckeel is against the bypass and wants transportation improvements that don't waste tax payer dollars. She is in favor of a better business tax base and says businesses coming into Stonefield will help with that.

“We need the right kind of businesses and certainly Costco is the right type of business because it pays well and offers employees benefits,” says McKeel.

Overall these candidates want to work together with fellow supervisors to improve Albemarle County. I you want to learn more about the candidates click on the links below.

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