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For Immediate Release
Charlottesville: On Monday, August 15, Albemarle County Democrats came together in Lane Auditorium to nominate their candidates for this fall’s Albemarle County elections. Following speeches from Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. David Toscano, along with the Democratic nominee for the 59th House of Delegates District, Connie Brennan, the County candidates addressed an enthusiastic crowd of Albemarle County voters.
The candidates addressed the need for more transparent decision-making in county government, the need to support education, and the call to maintain the high quality of life and dedication to public service that Albemarle residents expect from elected officials. All the candidates stressed the importance of local elections–the outcome of which most immediately impact quality-of-life issues such as schools and libraries, adequate police and safety personnel, and planning for the future of our community.
Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford commented on the candidates’ record of public service, and remarked on Democrats’ record of advocating for the rights of all people. Ann Mallek, incumbent Chair of the Board of Supervisors from White Hall district, remembered when the Board worked together to achieve the stated goals of the community.
Candidate for Board of Supervisors from Scottsville district Christopher J. Dumler told the crowd that “we deserve a government that’s responsive, actually listening to the citizens of Albemarle on the issues that really matter to them.”
Rivanna Board of Supervisors candidate Cynthia Neff pledged that she “will fight for open, transparent and effective local government while striving to preserve the quality of life for the community.”
While school board positions are non-partisan, two candidates have received the endorsement of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee: Scottsville incumbent Steve Koleszar reflected on what it takes to keep Albemarle’s public schools “world class”–with a 92% on-time graduation rate–in the face of reduced budgets. Candidate for the at-large seat, Ned Gallaway, a former teacher, said that our world-class schools help prepare our children to become critical thinkers and the creative innovators of the future.
Valerie L’Herrou, Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Party, pointed out that Albemarle was fortunate to have such high-quality representation in the General Assembly as Creigh Deeds, Edd Houck, and David Toscano. She praised the work of incumbents Denise Lunsford, Ann Mallek and Steve Koleszar. L’Herrou said she was proud to have candidates of such high caliber: hard working, informed on the issues, and with a proven record of public service.
For more information: Valerie L’Herrou, Chair 434.996.1803 firstname.lastname@example.org
All three Democratic nominees for General Assembly have significant cash on hand advantages and impressively outraised their opponents during this reporting period:
Albemarle’s new State Senator, Edd Houck, from the 17th District raised over $160,000 this quarter, leaving him with over $475,000 cash on hand heading into his race against Republican Bryce Reeves, known for being endorsed by right-wing radical Mike Huckabee’s Huck PAC. Reeves barely raised $70,000 in a race that is expected to come down to the wire in November.
And Sen. Creigh Deeds, who has served Albemarle County in the State Senate since 2001, raised over $53,000 this quarter, finishing with nearly $120,000 on hand creating an imposing lead as he faces opposition for the first time in the form of T.J. Aldous, a local lawyer, who raised $10,000 and spent more than $3000 of that.
Delegate David Toscano, Charlottesville and Albemarle’s Democratic Delegate from the 58th State House District is sitting on around $130,000 cash on hand going into this election cycle. So far, Del. Toscano has scared away the competition and no Republican has stepped forward to take him on.
Board of Supervisors
Our candidates on the county level haven’t done shabbily in the cash race either. The Democratic challenger in the Rivanna District, Cynthia Neff, raised more than any other supervisor candidate in the county, raising over $16,000 for her race against “Friend of Developers” Ken Boyd, more than double what he raised.
Meanwhile, Christopher J. Dumler, the Democratic candidate running for retiring Democrat Lindsay Dorrier’s seat in the Scottsville District had the most individual donors among the supervisor candidates. He raised over $10,000 from nearly 100 individual donors, out-raising his opponent, Jim Norwood, by a margin of over 10:1.
County Board of Supervisors Chairperson, Ann Mallek, is facing no Republican opposition this year. Despite that, she has raised over $6,000 in her uncontested race as she hears from constituents while preparing for another four years on the Board.
Despite the significant advantages these figures show, our candidates need to continue to raise funds at an even more rapid pace in order to remain competitive as right-wing special interests flood these races with cash to help their favored candidates win.
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Sat May 14, 2011
6pm – 9pm
African-American Teaching Fellows Art Auction
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road
Purchase fabulous pieces of art and gift certificates while enjoying food, refreshments, and of course, good company. Funds go to support a great cause–helping to recruit and support our Teaching Fellows. Please RSVP 220-4264. Tickets are $30 per person, $55 for two.
Monday, May 16, 2011
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Coffee with State Senator Edd Houck
Cville Coffee: 1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville
Redistricting has added long time state Senator Edd Houck as a Senator for the eastern part fo Albemarle County. Join us at Cville Coffee for an informal meet & greet with Senator Houck. He represents voters in the Agnor-Hurt, Branchlands, Dunlora, Free Bridge, Georgetown and Keswick precincts in addition to some voters in the Jack Jouett, Stony Point and Woodbrook precincts.
Mon May 16, 2011
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Democratic Committee Meeting
Albemarle County Office Building, room 235, 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville
Monthly Meeting of the Albemarle Democratic Committee
Sat May 21, 2011
10am – 12pm
Albemarle-Charlottesville Democratic Breakfast
Gordon Ave Library
The registrars of the City and the County will explain what has changed under local and state redistricting.
NOTE new location (Gordon Ave, not Market Street, library branch) and new time (due to Gordon’s later opening time).
Sat May 21, 2011
11am – 12:30pm
DPVA Brunch with Chairman Moran
Siips, downtown mall
The State Democratic Party hosts a fundraising brunch with DPVA chair␣Brian Moran at Siips. Rsvp: http://www.vademocrats.org/contribute/charlottesvillebrunch or email@example.com
Sun May 22, 2011
6pm – 8pm
Scottsville District Candidates Meet & Greet
330 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA
Join us to meet our 2011 Scottsville District Candidates:
Senator Creigh Deeds; Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford; School Board Member Steve Koleszar; Supervisor Candidate Christopher J. Dumler; and At-Large School Board Candidate Ned Gallaway