Dennis Rooker will not run for reelection to the Board of Supervisors in the November election, Sean Tubbs reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow. He’s represented the Jack Jouett district for three consecutive terms. He simultaneously announced and endorsed the candidacy of school board member Diantha McKeel, a political independent who represents the same district. (Her disclosed state political contributions have all been to Democrats.) McKeel, who works for the UVA Medical Center, made her own announcement, in which she said that she would serve in the fashion that Rooker has.
Interim Charlottesville Treasurer Jason Vandever has won today’s special election to make his position official. The Democrat defeated independent candidate John Pfaltz handily, winning three-quarters of the vote. As NBC-29 points out, the low-turnout special election cost $19 per vote cast. Originally, Vandever was to remain interim treasurer until November, but city Republicans petitioned the court to hold a special election, promising the judge that they would nominate a candidate (which they then failed to do), leaving one of those petitioners—Pfaltz—to run.
Freshman Board of Visitors member Duane Snow is running for a second term, Molly Balkenbush reports for NBC-29. The Samuel Miller Republican promises to continue to advance transportation projects, expand the physical size of county schools, and get internet access for the whole of his district. The election is in November.
Supervisor Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to sexual battery this morning, Courteney Stuart writes for The Hook, with the 27-year-old Democratic official pleading to a 12-month sentence, suspended to 60 days, liable to only serve 30, just on the weekends. He was arrested on charges of forcible sodomy in October, and faced accusations from a second victim just last week, dating to 2006.
One has to imagine that this will be followed by Dumler’s resignation from the Board of Supervisors. It’s tough to see how somebody can plead guilty to a sex crime and remain in elected office. If he hasn’t already decided to step down, he’s bound to come under a great deal of pressure to do so, and soon.
City Councilor Dave Norris will not seek a third term, he writes on his blog. Both his seat and freshman Kristin Szakos’s are up for election this year. He writes that “eight years is enough” and that “it’s time for some new blood on City Council.” Nobody has yet announced their candidacy, though that may be because nobody wanted to run against the incumbents. The election is in November.