BOS race: Republican Thomas challenges Slutzky
Former planning commissioner Rodney Thomas announced his bid for the Rio District seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors today. "My main objective is to put common sense on the board," declared Thomas. "I'll say that again." And he did.
Thomas stressed fiscal conservativism that would oppose supervisors "unnecessarily collecting or unwisely spending your tax dollars." He also emphasized property rights for landowners on a quarter acre as well as 100 acres. "I feel property rights are being abused," said Thomas.
The Albemarle native and owner of Charlottesville Press criticized how long it takes to get approvals to build and develop in the county, and suggested there might be too many boards.
Rio is Albemarle's smallest–- and most populous–- district, planted mostly in the urban ring. Thomas acknowledged a constituent who complained that the district was a "dumping ground" for growth.
Thomas runs against BOS chair David Slutzky, a Democrat who trounced Republican candidate Gary Grant in 2005. "What's most important to me," says Slutzky, "is preserving the ecological system. Inevitably that desire is going to bump into property rights, and I try to respect that."