Snow knows? Garden guru confirms run for Sally's seat
Three weeks after returning from an 18-month missionary trip in the Philippines, Duane Snow has a new mission. He will run for the Samuel Miller District seat of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, joining a already crowded band of contenders.
Backed by a large number of friends and family, including ten of his twelve grandchildren, Snow formally announced his decision from the steps of the County Office Building Thursday, May 21 to a handful of supporters, media, and to dozens of County employees (who were out on the grass for an office-wide picnic).
Reading from a prepared statement, Snow complimented neighbor and retiring Board member Sally Thomas who announced in April that she'll step down in December after 16 years.
“The amount of time and effort she has devoted to this county is amazing,” Snow said.
Snow’s speech touched on his love for Albemarle and his desire to bring a “common sense” approach to the issues. Snow concluded with his four-point approach to handling problems: Listen to the people, gather the facts, make decisions based upon facts and common sense, and quick action after decision making.
A graduate of Brigham Young University in 1970, Snow made a name for himself as CEO and President of Snow's Garden Center, serving with the Virginia State Agriculture Council and the Albemarle County Architectural Review Board. He also served with the local board of the American Heart Association and was president of the Charlottesville Rotary club.
Snow stressed the importance of quick action on issues.
“I think if we do a study, we should make a decision on it,” Snow said. “What’s the purpose of a study if you don’t make a decision on it?”
A follow-up question found that he supports a dredging study to ascertain the volume of water in the Rivanna Reservoir.
On another hot issue, he expressed enthusiasm for the under-construction but ever-controversial Meadowcreek Parkway.
“When I was growing up back in the '50s," said Snow, "the big issue was building a bypass around Charlottesville, the 250 bypass. There was a lot of controversy at that point, whether or not to put it in with it going by four schools, but it is one of the nicest roads in Charlottesville. It’s beautiful.
We have to find a way to boost traffic through Charlottesville without being caught up in it."
A Republican mass meeting has been scheduled for May 26 at Shelter 1 in McIntire Park to select candidates to the County Board of Supervisors from the Jack Jouett, Rio, and Samuel Miller district.
Snow faces competition from Philip Melita for the Republican nomination. Other publicly mentioned candidates include Democrat Madison Cummings and Independent John Lowry.