Monthly Archive for April, 2003

Sens. Deeds, Houck Running

Senator Creigh Deeds and Senator Ed Houck have announced that they are running for reelection. Deeds was nominated by the Dems for what’s known as “Emily’s seat” in a special primary in November of 2001, and won by a landslide against Republican Jane Maddux in the special election in December. Houck, also a Democrat, is running for his sixth term. Only Houck faces competition, Republican Robert Stuber of Fredericksburg. Bob Gibson has the story in today’s Progress.

Strucko Announces BOS Candidacy

Free Union Democrat Eric Strucko has announced his candidacy for the White Hall seat on the Board of Supervisors. He failed to unseat incumbent Walter Perkins four years ago, but spent the last four years building up his resume, and is now the defacto candidate, since Perkins is not seeking reelection. Strucko intends to lower taxes, increase services, and is known to be an advocate for limiting growth to retain Albemarle’s rural character. David Dadurka has the story in today’s Progress.

Yet Another Shopping Center

This May, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors will look at rezoning the recently-bulldozed ex-forest-land across from Hollymead Gardens Cemetery on 29 North to create yet another shopping center, “Hollymead Town Center.” (Not to be confused with the shopping center planned for the Hydraulic/29 intersection, Albemarle Place, nor the shopping center planned for the corner of the corner of 29 and Proffit Rd.) This one will contain the much-discussed Target, plus a Giant, 1,300 apartments and townhouses, and 300,000 square feet of office space. The developers tout it as another Downtown Mall. County planning staff have recommended that the project be denied, who did so, hence the appeal to the Board of Supervisors. David Dadurka has the story in today’s Progress.

Del. Bell to Seek Reelection

Delegate Rob Bell, a Republican, has announced that he is seeking reelection for a second term in the House of Delegates. The 35-year-old attorney says that he will work to lower taxes, toughen criminal law, and improve teacher pay. Bell represents a good chunk of Albemarle, Greene, a bunch of Fluvanna, and Barboursville. Nobody has announced intent to oppose him, Democrat or otherwise. Bob Gibson has the story in today’s Progress.

Albemarle Supes Approve Budget

Last night, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved their $218.1M 2003-2004 budget, increasing spending by 4.8% over the current year’s budget. Tax rates were not changed. This fall, they intend to look at raising the car decal fee from $25 to $28.50 in order to generate an additional $227,500 in revenue annually. David Dadurka has the story in today’s Progress.



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