March 3, 2013
Local Democrats from both Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville released statements Sunday night about Christopher Dumler, asking the embattled county supervisor to step down.
Dumler's guilty plea in January to misdemeanor sexual battery is what spurred these statements, issued separately.
The Albemarle County Democratic Committee's statement says Dumler has been removed from the committee.
"The behavior for which Mr. Dumler has accepted responsibility does not reflect Democratic values and standards, nor the standard to which we hold our elected officials," the statement read. "We cannot support his continued service."
Charlottesville Democrats echoed the statements of their county counterpart.
"We find it inappropriate for someone who has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual battery to hold the office of supervisor in our neighboring county," the statement from the city Democrats' executive committee said. "As fellow Democrats, we urge Mr. Dumler to heed the counsel of elected officials and community leaders and resign."
In an interview with the Newsplex last week, Dumler maintains he has no intention to step down from his post.
Statement from the Albemarle County Democratic Committee:
In light of Scottsville District Supervisor Christopher Dumler's recent plea of guilty to a charge of sexual battery, the Committee has decided to remove him from the Albemarle County Democratic Committee and call for his resignation from the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Dumler has accomplished much good work on behalf of the citizens of Scottsville District and of Albemarle County. However, the behavior for which Mr. Dumler has accepted responsibility does not reflect Democratic values and standards, nor the standard to which we hold our elected officials. We cannot support his continued service.
Statement from the Charlottesville Democratic Committee:
As Democrats of Charlottesville, we stand for the fair treatment of all, abhor all forms of sexual exploitation and strongly support the Violence Against Women Act. We find it inappropriate for someone who has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual battery to hold the office of supervisor in our neighboring county. The citizens of Charlottesville and other neighboring communities have a need for Albemarle’s government to function effectively in this closely-knit region. As fellow Democrats we urge Mr. Dumler to heed the counsel of elected officials and community leaders and resign.
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