February 18, 2013
The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) is joining others in asking Christopher Dumler to step down from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
In their statement to the media, JATP claim residents of Dumler’s district have been avoiding contact with their supervisor because they are “frightened or intimidated” by him.
“Instead of being forced to conduct business with Mr. Dumler many constituents have chosen to contact supervisors from other districts, which has had a disruptive effect on the Board’s ability to do its work,” reads JATP’s statement. “These Scottsville District voters have expressed to the other supervisors both their discomfort with having any further contact with him and/or concerns that contact would appear to be a tacit acceptance of his behavior.”
Over the weekend, a group of protesters showed up at a meeting of local Democrats to show their disapproval.
This all stems from Dumler’s guilty plea to a misdemeanor sexual battery charge last month.
He remains on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors representing the Scottsville district.
Here is JATP's full statement:
“The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) joins many other community entities, including the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) and the Charlottesville Daily Progress, in calling on Chris Dumler to do the honorable thing and step down from his position on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
“We withheld commenting on his felony charge of forced sodomy until the criminal process was completed. Mr. Dumler ultimately pled guilty to the reduced charge of sexual battery and his plea agreement with the Commonwealth enabled him to avoid potential criminal charges on two additional cases alleging criminal sexual misconduct.
“Many voters in Mr. Dumler’s district who now feel frightened or intimidated are without representation because they are avoiding contact with him. If constituents cannot or will not meet with Mr. Dumler on issues of county business because he has entered a guilty plea to a criminal sexual offense, then he cannot fulfill the obligations of his position to his constituents. Instead of being forced to conduct business with Mr. Dumler many constituents have chosen to contact supervisors from other districts, which has had a disruptive effect on the Board’s ability to do its work. These Scottsville District voters have expressed to the other supervisors both their discomfort with having any further contact with him and/or concerns that contact would appear to be a tacit acceptance of his behavior.
“Samuel Adams said, “Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable character. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.” Community leaders and elected officials should embody the best qualities of the constituents they represent, not the worst. Over time if we fail to respond appropriately to a lack of decency found in, or at the extreme, criminality displayed by our leaders and public officials, these lower standards will become our own. Do we really want this behavior to become the acceptable norm for our community, and more importantly for our children?
“In summary, we believe Mr. Dumler’s admission of, and conviction of, criminal sexual misconduct materially and adversely affects his ability to govern effectively and have become an unnecessary disruption to the electorate’s ability to interact and conduct essential business with the Board of Supervisors. We therefore urge Mr. Dumler to step down immediately.”