Planning man: Sheffield challenges Rodney in Rio
Transportation planner Brad Sheffield gathered about three dozen Dem supporters at the Albemarle County Office Building April 23 and announced a run for the Rio District seat on the Board of Supervisors now held by Republican Rodney Thomas.
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.
What would make him a better supervisor than Thomas? "I'm a planner," reiterated Sheffield, who also touched on growth, transportation and education as areas upon which he'd focus.
Supervisors Thomas, Duane Snow, and Dennis Rooker are up for reelection in November. Rooker isn't seeking a fourth term and has anointed Diantha McKeel as his successor. So far she's uncontested.
Challengers have emerged in the other two races, with Democrat Liz Palmer pitted against Snow in the Samuel Miller District.
Like Palmer, Sheffield says he plans to walk the (much-smaller) Rio District during the campaign. "I look forward to walking– and losing some weight," he says.