Unannounced: Thomas mum on election plans
While word on the street this year has been that four-term Supervisor Sally Thomas will not run for re-election this year, she's not quite ready to say for sure.
"I'm going to wait until the budget is over," says Thomas. (Albemarle's supposedly pared-to-the-bone budget will be finalized April 8.)
Thomas was first elected to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors as a write-in–- yes, a write-in!–- candidate in 1993 for the Samuel Miller District, and she has subsequently run unopposed.
Thomas has a long history of growth-control measures that have made her popular among environmentalists and suburban farmers. However, she ignited a furor last year with her chairmanship of a task force that was going to study dredging the Rivanna Reservoir. Her group finished its work by asking for recreation and other narrow-purposed dredgings, but Charlottesville City Council–- which owns the reservoir lands–- treated her report as D.O.A. by insisting upon water supply dredging.
Independent John Lowry, a retired Wachovia executive, has a website that indicates he's running. Thomas concedes that she's had some inquiries from potential candidates interested in her spot.
"There are at least three Democrats," she says. She also acknowledges "a very weak rumor" of a possible Republican candidate for the district that includes Ivy and North Garden, and cautions, "Even the Hook shouldn't put credence in it, but let me know if you hear anything."
Former Albemarle School Board member Madison Cummings, a Democrat, confirms that he will run for the supe seat. "Obviously, I've been thinking about it," he says. But Cummings declines to say when he will announce, other than "soon."
And there will be at least one Thomas in the supes race. Charlottesville Press owner Rodney Thomas, a Republican, takes on incumbent David Slutzky for the Rio District seat.