Dumler Refuses to Comment on Party Call for Resignation
Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler is ducking questions about the county's Democratic Party cutting ties with him.
In January, Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. His guilty plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors to drop a felony forcible sodomy charge and not pursue charges for two additional alleged victims. Sunday Albemarle and Charlottesville Democrats issued statements calling for his resignation.
Monday at a Board of Supervisors work session Dumler did not seem to be fazed his own democratic colleagues have kicked him out of the party.
When asked for comment, he replied, "No comment on that, looking forward to working on the budget process on behalf of the people of Scottsville."
When asked "How can you be an effective supervisor without having the backing of your allies right now?" Chris Dumler stated, "Ask Sally Thomas, Dennis Rooker, and independents who have represented other constituents on the Board of Supervisors for many years."
Independents have peppered the board over the years, but none of them have ever been convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery like Dumler. Something protestors refuse to let him forget.
At Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting, one protestor, Lena Suville, made sure he knew exactly how she felt.
"I just think he needs to be reminded that there are consequences beyond the legal penalties and that we need to hold elected officials to higher standards," she stated.
Suville says she will attend every meeting she can until Dumler resigns.
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