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Check out yesterday’s coverage from Brad Sheffield’s announcement for the Board of Supervisors.
From the Daily Progress:
“It’s all about moving forward in small, incremental steps,” Sheffield said outside the Albemarle County Office Building on Tuesday. “And those small steps add up to that bigger vision that we’ve created that ultimately moves us forward.”
“I’ve decided to run because I really do believe that when we make decisions for Albemarle County, we need to be making decisions that leave a legacy for our future generations,” Sheffield said. “We need to make sure we’re putting together those plans and making common-sense decisions that prepare us for the opportunities.”
“The self-described “planning nerd” offered his experience as what best qualifies him for the Board of Supervisors. Sheffield is an assistant director at JAUNT and has undergrad and master’s degrees in planning from UVA.”
“Sheffield says his platform will also focus on workforce development and public education. He is running against Republican incumbent Rodney Thomas.”
“I’ve spent the last 14 years developing the skills that allow me to understand what the county is going to face and how to make certain decisions,” Sheffield said.
Brad Sheffield will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Board of Supervisors from the Rio District on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 12 PM at the McIntire County Office Building.
Find out more about Brad at his web site.
Check out recent news coverage about Liz Palmer‘s announcement for the Samuel Miller district seat on the Board of Supervisors:
“Palmer’s campaign will focus on protecting the area’s resources, as well as supporting the schools.”
“I have experience working with environmental groups, the business community, and county and city government to realize large projects that take years to build,” Palmer said. “
“Plans for growth and school size don’t really match up. Their children are learning in trailers or they’re concerned they might not be able to take the necessary courses for college admissions,” said Palmer.”
“Albemarle County needs thoughtful, engaged leaders to share information and encourage public participation before decisions are made,” Palmer said in a news release on her website. “Effective supervisors must seek feedback and then follow through with quality, long-term decisions.”
“Through my experience in local government I have gotten a lot of knowledge about how government really works, how to engage the public, how to effectively address their concerns, making sure that they’re brought into the process early so we don’t have any surprises or midnight votes,” Palmer said Thursday.”
Find out more about Palmer’s campaign at http://lizpalmerforsupervisor.com/.
Liz Palmer will announce her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Board of Supervisors from the Samuel Miller District on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 12 PM at the McIntire County Office Building.
Find out more about Liz Palmer.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped – whether by knocking on doors, making phone calls, keeping our offices running or hosting events. Because of you we re-elected the President and elected Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate.
Here are the unofficial results for Albemarle County:
President (Albemarle only)
Barack Obama: 55.20%
Mitt Romney: 43.22%
Senate (Albemarle only)
Tim Kaine: 58.04%
George Allen: 41.86%
5th District – House of Representatives (Albemarle only)
John Douglass: 51.98%
Robert Hurt: 46.17%
You’ve got what it takes to vote!
Virginia recently changed its laws about needing ID to vote this year. Here is what you need to know:
All voters will be mailed a new Virginia voter card prior to the election. That will be enough to vote–you won’t need anything else! However, if you don’t get your card, there are lots of other things you can use.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Virginia driver’s license (also: ONLY for 1st-time voters who registered to vote without presenting ID: a valid out-of-state license)
- Virginia voter registration card
- Student ID from any community or four-year college or university located in Virginia
- Student ID from any Virginia high school
- Phone, Electric, Water or Cable bill with current address
- Bank statement
- Paycheck or Government check
- U.S. Passport
- Military ID or U.S. Selective Service ID
- Government-issued ID
- Concealed handgun permit
- Private employee ID (with photo)
- Social Security card (*except for first-time voters who registered by mail)
Voters without ID will be required to vote via provisional ballot on election day. They will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of identification to their electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. (This will also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person). After completing the ballot, the voter will receive written instructions on how/where to submit a copy of his/her identification. Voters may submit a copy of their ID via fax, email, in-person, or through USPS or commercial delivery service. The copy of the ID must be delivered to the electoral board by noon on Friday for the provisional ballot to be counted.
Special Federal ID Requirements for Certain First Time Voters: For those who registered to vote by mail, federal law requires them to show ID when voting for the first time in a federal election if they did not send a copy of ID with their voter registration application. Voters subject to this ID requirement will show “First-time Federal” after the “ID Required” item in their on-line voter registration record.
Any of the following types of ID are acceptable for First-time Federal voters:
- a current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license);
- a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address;
- another government document that shows name and address (eg, voter card).
This federal ID requirement applies the first time a person votes in a federal election. If the voter does not present one of these forms of ID at the polls, that person will be offered a provisional ballot that includes a voter information statement under felony penalty. This is a paper ballot that the local electoral board may count if the voter later provides the required identification. Such persons have the right to appear before the Electoral Board and can request an extension up to one day to present evidence. If the voter returns an absentee ballot by mail without a copy of one of these forms of ID, the absentee ballot will be treated as a provisional ballot and counted only if the voter provides a copy of ID to the electoral board by the deadline applicable to all voters. These requirements apply to all first-time voters.
Note: Virginia identification requirements mirror and satisfy the federal ID requirements, except for the social security card.
This spring, the Democratic Party will be holding conventions to nominate candidates for President of the United States and, here in the Virginia 5th District, the House of Representatives. The President will be nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, in September. Our congressional candidate will be nominated at a convention on May 19th in Lovingston, Virginia.
To participate in either convention in support of your candidate, you must be elected as a Delegate. There are two types of delegates:
- state delegates, elected at the local caucus, then proceed to the district and state conventions. Albemarle has 36 delegates and 7 alternates to select to these conventions.
- national delegates, elected at either the district (6 delegates from the 5th District in Virginia) or state conventions (23 delegates selected at state convention) to go on to the national convention
The process works like this:
- Albemarle County Democrats will hold the county caucus on Monday, April 23rd, at 7 PM, at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road. Delegates will be elected at this caucus. All voters in Albemarle who consider themselves Democrats are eligible to attend this caucus and elect delegates who will support their preferred candidate at the subsequent conventions.
- The Caucus on April 23rd will elect Delegates to the District & State Conventions.
- Those Delegates will attend 5th District Convention on May 19th in Lovingston, VA, where they will nominate our 5th District Congressional candidate and elect district level delegates to the National Convention.
- The same Delegates will attend State Convention on June 2nd in Fairfax, VA, where they will elect at-large delegates to the National Convention.
If you want to attend the 5th District AND state convention as an Albemarle Delegate, here is what you need to do:
- You must be registered to vote in Albemarle.
- You must prefile your candidacy for Delegate by April 18th at 5 PM. You can do so online or by printing the paper form and sending it in.
- On your form, you indicate the Congressional candidate for which you wish to serve as a Delegate to the District Convention or indicate that you are uncommitted.
- Delegates will be elected at the Albemarle Caucus on April 23rd according to the number of attendees for a given candidate. Albemarle has to elected 36 delegates and 7 alternates to the conventions. If 50% support candidate A and 50% support candidate B, then each will win 18 delegates to the convention. Those delegates will be selected by candidate caucuses at the meeting on April 23rd from the list of individuals who prefiled supporting the candidate.
- All delegates elected to the district convention are also expected to attend the state convention on June 2nd where we will nominate Delegates to the national convention. Over 2000 Democrats from across the Commonwealth will be there and it should be a great time!
How to become a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention:
Election as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention is more complex. Democratic Party Rules require that the district delegation be balanced in terms of gender, race, and age; a high priority is placed on having representation from all regions of the district. Individuals may apply, but success is far more likely for those who join a slate configured to meet the requirements for balance. Since there are more than 20 jurisdictions in the 5th Congressional District, and only 6 positions to be filled, most jurisdictions will not be represented in the district’s national delegation. For more information about the Virginia process, visit or call the Democratic Party of Virginia at 804-644-1966.
- Albemarle County Call to Caucus
- Delegate Prefiling Form
- Temporary Rules for Caucus – to be approved at meeting(PDF file)
- Email Valerie L’Herrou at email@example.com if you have questions.
Below is the official call to caucus for purposes of electing Albemarle County delegates to the district and state conventions. The 5th District Convention will nominate a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The state convention will also elect statewide delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
- Find out more about the delegate selection process
- View or download the pre-filing form to be a delegate to the conventions
- View Temporary Rules for Caucus (PDF File)
Call to Caucus
ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
Lane Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Road
April 23, 2012
Registration 6:30-7:30 PM
Caucus 7:30 PM
Whereas, it is the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee to issue the Call to Caucus for the purpose of electing 36 delegates and 7 alternates to the 5th Congressional District Democratic Convention on May 19, 2012 and the Virginia Democratic State Convention on June 2, 2012;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Albemarle County Democratic Committee hereby issues the Call to Caucus to convene an assembled caucus at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, 2012 at Lane Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia for the sole purpose of electing 36 delegates and 7 alternates to the 5th Congressional District Convention and the Virginia Democratic State Convention, and the following provisions shall govern the convention, to wit:
1. Prefiling: Those wishing their names to be placed on the ballot at the Caucus shall prefile their candidacy by 5:00 p.m., April 18, 2012, with the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair, Valerie L’Herrou, or her designee or by completing and executing a prefiling form via the Committee’s website at www.albemarledems.org. Completed prefiling forms may also be mailed to the Albemarle County Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 5698, Charlottesville, VA 22905 but must be received by the deadline. A postmark prior to the deadline will not be acceptable if the form is received after the deadline. Candidates for delegates and alternates may indicate their candidate preference for the U.S. House of Representatives on the prefiling form, or may file as “uncommitted.”
2. Voluntary Administrative Fee: There shall be a voluntary administrative fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each person filing for delegate, payable to the Albemarle County Democratic Committee. Payment of this fee is completely voluntary. No statement is required in order to waive payment.
3. Declaration: Each Caucus participant, as well as each candidate for delegate or alternate, shall be required to attest in writing that the individual (a) is a Democrat, (b) does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election, (c) is not a member of any other political party, (d) will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for any office being filled in the 2012 elections, and (e) is registered to vote in Albemarle County.
4. Notice Requirements: The Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall cause to be published the time, date, and location of the Caucus at least 7 days prior to the Caucus, but not more than 2 weeks before the Caucus. All notices shall be published on the State party website (www.vademocrats.org) as well as the website of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee (www.albemarledems.org), and a related press release shall be provided to all relevant newspapers of general circulation in the locality of Albemarle County. The same publishing methodology shall be employed to provide notice of the prefiling deadline for delegate and alternate positions at least 7 days before the prefiling deadline but not more than 2 weeks before the deadline.
5. Conduct of the Caucus: The doors to the Caucus will be opened at 6:30 p.m. Check-in will occur between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The doors to the caucus will be closed at 7:30 p.m. and no further persons will be permitted to enter. Those in line at 7:30 p.m. will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.
The Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee or his/her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Temporary Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate. Until the adoption of the Permanent Rules, the order of the Caucus shall be determined by the Chair of the Caucus, subject to the approval of the Caucus participants, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Virginia Democratic Party Plan.
Following the election of the Permanent Chair and the Permanent Secretary of the Caucus, the approval of Permanent Rules, and the opportunity for speeches (if desired), the participants will separate into caucuses based on the candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives that each participant chooses to support (or to support “uncommitted” delegate and alternate candidates if the participant prefers that option). A number of delegates and alternates will be allotted to each caucus based on the proportion of participants in each caucus, and each caucus will then vote to elect delegates and alternates to fill its allotment. The Caucus will be adjourned following the election of all delegates and alternates.
6. Affirmative Action: the chair and the members of Democratic Committee shall take all feasible steps to encourage broad participation in the delegate selection process. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the delegate selection process is prohibited. The Albemarle County Democratic Committee shall make every effort to ensure that the Albemarle County delegation is roughly equal in gender composition.
7. Call Distribution: It shall be the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair to distribute a copy of the Call to Caucus.
It shall further be the duty of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee Chair to cause this Call to Caucus to be publicized through the news media of Albemarle County as widely as is feasible.
Thank you for your confidence to send me back for a second term representing the White Hall district. You are vitally important to success, by sharing your insights about problems and solutions in our community.
Unlike some radio hosts, I believe “Community” is a good word, conveying a sense of caring about neighbors, local business success, our children’s futures and the protection of the environment which helps us to lead healthy lives. None of us is alone on an island; we are all connected to sink or succeed together.
Beginning Tuesday, March 13, I will host three citizens’ town halls.Police Dept officers and school board members will be in attendance. In addition to the budget details, I ask for feedback on any other issues of interest. I will gather topics every 30 minutes to prevent leaving issues unaddressed. Please join me at an upcoming meeting:
- Tuesday, March 13. Town Hall with Pam Moynihan. Broadus Wood cafeteria. 7 pm.
- Saturday, March 17. 1 pm. Town Hall with Steve Koleszar at White Hall community Center.
- Monday, March 19. 7 pm at the Meadows, Crozet Ave. Town Hall with Eric Strucko and Ned Gallaway.
We will discuss the timetable for ordinance changes for rural area businesses such as bed-and-breakfast rooms in outbuildings and food service at farms, as well as changes to county process to “fast-track” applications to help our economic recovery.
There are many other questions. What are your thoughts on cost-recovery billing to insurance companies only for ambulance transport? Should changes be made to ordinances currently allowing burning of household trash in our backyards? Are you concerned about drug use in the school-age population?
Updates will also be provided about upcoming VDOT projects in the White Hall District.
Actions of the General Assembly as the session ends will affect the local budget. State government has passed us the bill to restore funding to the state retirement system by requiring an additional $1.4 M each year from Albemarle County. Sad the Governor did not repay the loan he took from the retirement system, calling it “surplus” and handing out bonuses to state employees.
General reductions in funding for schools, for mental health services as patients are returned to their communities, for maintenance of roads unless matched 50/50 by local funds, and cuts in funding for commonwealth’s attorney, sheriff, and jail budgets will hamper our ability to fund our local future. It is unknown today what the Governor will do as the bills pass and come across his desk.
What is known is that we all can work together. Many of you help me to be well informed about issues of particular interest to you. We will continue to work together to fund the completion of the Historic District application and the furnishings to the Western Albemarle Crozet library.
Thank you all for your assistance.
Read more at Supervisor Mallek’s web site.
The Obama campaign invites you to join us at the Charlottesville office opening on Sunday, March 18th from 1PM – 4PM! Join your neighbors, campaign staff, and local elected officials in welcoming the President’s reelection campaign to the Downtown Mall. There will be food and more information on how to get involved in the campaign. Please RSVP by online. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!
Where: 407 E. Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
When: March 18, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Board of Supervisors Meeting
Starts: June 5, 2013 - 9:00 am
Location: Lane Auditorium, County Office Building
Description: Monthly morning meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Democratic Committee Meeting
Starts: June 10, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Description: Monthly Meeting of the Albemarle Democratic Committee