Charlottesville Republicans have managed to find a couple of candidates for Council, Aaron Richardson reports for the Daily Progress. After sitting out the last few elections, the party has put forth Buddy Weber and Mike Farruggio as their two candidates for the November election. Weber is the chair of the city party, and Farruggio is a career city police officer. Weber cited mismanagement of public housing as a particular concern, while Farruggio is opposed to the new stormwater utility fee. Five Democrats are seeking one of two nominations; the winners will go on to run against Weber and Farruggio in the general election.
Democrat Jaymie “Brad” Sheffield is running for Board of Supervisors, The Daily Progress reports, challenging Republican incumbent Rodney Thomas for the Rio District. Sheffield is the assistant director at JAUNT. He holds a masters degree in planning from UVA. The election is in November.
There will be a total of five Democrats on the ballot for two nominations for City Council seats in the June primary, Graelyn Brashear reports for C-Ville Weekly. The candidates are incumbent Kristin Szakos; AHS teacher Wes Bellamy, who moved to Charlottesville three years ago; UVA student Adam Lees; middle school teacher, local man, and nephew of Charles Barbour, Melvin Grady; and three-time candidate, independent-turned-Democrat Bob Fenwick. The primary is on June 11.
The Scottsville Weekly has published the list of everybody in the Scottsville precinct who signed the public petition advocating for a judicial recall of Supervisor Chris Dumler. The Democrat pleaded guilty to sexual battery in January. Earl Smith, of Keene, circulated the petition, getting nearly 600 signatures. The intention is for the court to remove Dumler from office, under Virginia § 24.2-233, for “incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office.” It’s a legal long-shot A notable inclusion on the list is Lindsay Dorrier, who held the Scottsville seat prior to Dumler.
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.