Albemarle Co. Supervisors React to Loss of Slutzky, Thomas

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

November 4, 2009

With the election now over, the makeup of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is about to change with Republicans now in the majority.

The two new members campaigned on pledges to tightly control spending and protect the rights of landowners and both are seen as more conservative than the supervisors they're replacing.

On Wednesday, Supervisors Chair David Slutzky, a Democrat from the Rio District, was back at work after suffering a defeat Tuesday night to Republican Rodney Thomas. Some elected officials say Slutzky's leadership on environmental causes and his staunch support of a regional transit authority will be missed.

"Certainly, I have some concern about how we take up the slack after he leaves and fill in some of those roles. It's not that it can't be done, but we certainly have to give that some thought and make certain that we don't let the ball drop," said Supervisor Dennis Rooker.

Democrat Sally Thomas has been a Samuel Miller District supervisor for 16 years, but she will be replaced by Republican Duane Snow. Thomas didn't seek re-election and Snow defeated two other candidates to win the seat. With Thomas' departure, officials say the absence of her experience and familiarity with a variety of issues will have an impact.

"It's always got to hurt when you lose someone with that institutional knowledge that she's had. Hopefully she'll be around the community and we can draw her some when we have questions about history and what we've done in the past," said Supervisor Ken Boyd.

However, both Rooker and Boyd say the two new supervisors will bring along their own unique ideas and expertise that will be helpful in the future.

Outgoing supervisors will relinquish their seats on the board on December 31. CBS19 tried to talk to David Slutzky about Tuesday's election, but he declined comment at this time.

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