The unopposed: Rich Collins, Soil and Water Conservation, Charlottesville
FILE PHOTO JEN FARIELLO
The unopposed: John Conover, Soil and Water Conservation, Charlottesville
When the Hook started gathering lists of candidates who
would appear on Albemarle and Charlottesville ballots, we came up
with an eye-popping 38 names of people who want to govern on the
local and state level.
These are the folks who will determine the Big 3 perennial issues–
the Western Bypass, the Meadowcreek Parkway, and the water plan–
but they're also going to be deciding when schools start, what
cases are prosecuted, and how federal funding is spent on
conservation in this area.
Last week's issue carried the Albemarle Board of Supervisors
and General Assembly contenders. Here are the rest of the
candidates on the November 8 ballots.
School matters– Albemarle County
Albemarle's School Board meetings frequently attract irate
parents, and in the past few years the Board has garnered a lot of
criticism for decisions seen as "top down," such as the
4X4 block scheduling implemented last fall to save money. This
year's biggest controversy was the purchase of
"glitchy" Schoolnet software, a student information system that
created errors in student transcripts and which one teacher
described as "like trying to text with...