Supervisors Set to Choose New Rep for Scottsville District

July 3, 2013

Ten candidates made their case to Albemarle County supervisors Wednesday afternoon explaining why they’re a good fit to be the interim Scottsville supervisor.

“I know a lot of people in the Scottsville District. I feel like I could be that bridge,” said Cindi Burket, one of the 10 candidates and the chair of the Albemarle County GOP.

Each of the 10 candidates had five minutes at supervisors’ meeting Wednesday to make their case on why they’re qualified to represent the Scottsville District. The seat was vacated by former supervisor Chris Dumler, who resigned his post last month amid his conviction on a sex charge.

“It was a good variety, and I think the bottom line was any one of the 10 could be qualified to be on our board,” supervisor Rodney Thomas said.

Three Republicans, three Democrats and four independents make up the pool, which includes a retired sheriff, and engineer and a lawyer.

“Let’s move forward because this board has a great future in front of it, and let’s be progressive and move on ,” said Petie Craddick, an independent candidate and a former member of the county planning commission.

Scottsville voters elected Dumler, a Democrat, in 2011 to represent the district. Now, the question remains whether party politics should play a role in the appointment to the board.

“I’m sure there’s going to be some politics that are going to go through our minds. I don’t see how we can help it,” Thomas said. “It’s just nature. I would like to think that my mind is still kind of open, and it is open.”

Burket said at the local level, political party doesn’t always play a factor.

“Each issue should be dealt with just that fairly, honestly, openly and without any party politics going on at all,” she said.

Supervisors will consider the paper applications and the five-minute speeches to determine who will fill the open seat. They could make a decision by their next meeting on Wednesday, July 10, and the appointee would serve until the end of December.

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