David Slutzky is running for reelection to the Board of Supervisors, he announced in a press release this evening. Slutzky was elected to represent the Rio District in 2005 with a surprising 58% of the vote over Republican nominee Gary Grant. He’s facing a challenge in the form of Republican Rodney Thomas, who sought the Republican nomination for the same seat in 2005, though lost to Grant that time around. This could shape up to be an interesting race, because many Republicans throughout the county have such a deep antipathy for Slutzky—currently the chair of the BoS—which may result in some decent funding for Thomas from folks who believe that the Democrat’s positions on taxation and property rights are outside of the county mainstream. Though Slutzky’s 2005 margin of victory was surprising, 58% is by no means an overwhelming majority. I expect this to be the most competitive race in the county, and if the issues in this race are taxation and property rights, I think the outcome can be seen as a small referendum on what people think of the BoS’s recent lurch to the left.
The full press release follows.
David Slutzky Announces Reelection Intentions
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: David Slutzky, local small business owner and Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, on Wednesday announced his intention to run for reelection this November. Supervisor Slutzky – an Albemarle County resident since 1993 – has represented the Rio Magisterial District on the Board since January of 2006.
“It is my intention to run again this November,” Slutzky said. “I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in my first term on the Board, however, there’s still a lot that needs to be done. I hope that the voters of the Rio District will continue to support me as I work on the issues that are important to them.”
Slutzky said that he is particularly proud of his leadership with respect to solving local transportation challenges, funding infrastructure, addressing affordable housing needs, and protecting our rural areas. Slutzky has consistently supported economic development and job creation while drawing upon his international experience with environmental issues to the benefit of Albemarle County. He plans to run as a Democrat and is currently unopposed for that party’s nomination.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Slutzky is a part-time professor in the Urban and Environmental Planning Department at UVA and is an owner of E2 Inc., a Charlottesville-based environmental and economic policy firm.