Via Charlottesville Tomorrow, I see that the Woodbrook Neighborhood Blog has a long piece about how the neighborhood is divided over an Eagle Scout’s project to build a bench and a bridge over a county-owned lagoon as a part of a trail on public land. Blogger Dan Gould conducted a bunch of interviews, talked to county employees, took a bunch of photos, and even took an informal survey of landowners who live nearby. A lively discussion has ensued in the comments section. It’s a great piece of work about a parochial matter, the sort of thing that would surely have no place in a regional publication, but that anybody who lives in the Woodbrook area surely finds very interesting.
Peter Kleeman isn’t the only City Council candidate with an active blog about his campaign, Jim Duncan points out — Barbara Haskins is blogging, too. She started her blog on Saturday and, since then, she’s written a series of posts on topics ranging from her party affiliation (she’s not saying) to city/county relations, affordable housing to the debate between the rescue squad and the city. (Mayor David Brown blogs, too, but not about the race thus far.) Hopefully the growing roster of blogging candidates will engage one another through their weblogs, carrying on discussions and linking to one another’s good ideas as other Charlottesville bloggers do. That could make for a really intelligent, civilized election.
I’m glad to see that City Council candidate Peter Kleeman has started a campaign blog. No slouch, he’s written several thoughtful, in-depth posts in the week since he’s started it, writing about the planned McIntire interchange and the city’s plan to sell a 22 acre construction easement in McIntire to VDOT for a buck. If he keeps this up, Kleeman may well provide voters more insight into his beliefs and plans than any council candidate in my memory.
Normally it wouldn’t be news that somebody is thinking about running for the Charlottesville school board, but it’s not every day that a) Sean McCord runs or b) that somebody blogs about the decision process. Sean is a well-known local blogger, regular cvillenewser, head of the Local Support Partner Program at UVa, and has three kids in city schools. By way of introduction, the Johnson Village Democrat opens his blog with this post:
I am considering running for the Charlottesville School Board. What seemed a simple idea when it was first presented to me has become unexpectedly complicated. I have decided to document the process here. In this space, I will gather the information that one needs to run. If I run, I will write about my experience. If I win, I will maintain this blog as a School Board member. If I do not win, I will offer this blog site to a sitting member or members of the Board. Above all, I intend to conduct all of this business in an open and honest manner, and I expect all of you to call me to task if I stray from the pledge.
Sean is like City Councilor Dave Norris in that what would make him such a great candidate are precisely the qualities that he possesses that would make any reasonable person assume that he’d never run for an office. Whether or not he runs, though, I’ll enjoy following his decision process on his blog.