September 28, 2013
Hundreds of Albemarle County Democrats came out to the 25th-annual Election Barbecue. There was food, music and candidates out at the Lower Sherwood Farm in Albemarle County.
“I'm pretty excited about the fact that I'm meeting a lot of people this month,” says Jane Dittmar, the Democratic candidate for the Scottsville seat on the Board of Supervisors. “This is the month where we go out, shake hands and let people know who we are and what we stand for if we are elected.”
Dittmar hopes to focus on Albemarle County safety and infrastructure, as in better use of land and better cellular service.
Brad Sheffield is running for the Rio District seat on the Board of Supervisors and has a background in transportation and land use planning.
“So as we, as a county, build a consensus of what we want to see and where we want to go, I think it's people like me that understand how we can get there by making those small steps,” says Sheffield.
Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe, spoke to a packed house and gave a message about how her husband will help bring jobs back to Va.
“He feels he has something to offer the Commonwealth in these challenging times and tough economy,” says McAuliffe.
This year's governor's race has the attention of the whole country, and former governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm came out to the barbecue to express why this election is so important.
“The reason why everyone is watching is because all of this nonsense that's happening in Washington, DC, is because, in my opinion, so many extreme people were put into office,” says Granholm. “Instead of having people who have rigid ideology who will not cooperate, who will not achieve consensus, we put in office people who are willing to work for individuals to create jobs, to have common sense solutions, and that's what Terry McAuliffe represents."
There is little more than a month left in this election season, and these candidates hope this year's barbecue will give people the chance to see what their platforms are all about.
The barbecue also serves as a fundraiser for the Albemarle County Democratic Committee and the James & Nellie Butler Scholarship, for high school seniors headed to college.