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Petition to Remove Dumler to go to Circuit Court

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The petition that could oust an Albemarle County supervisor will go to circuit court on Tuesday.  

In January, Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery. Under Virginia law, people convicted of a misdemeanor crime don't necessarily have to step down from the Board of Supervisors. Despite a wave of calls for his resignation, Dumler says he will not resign.  

Earl Smith will hand-deliver signatures of people who want Chris Dumler off the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  Smith has spent more than a month collecting the 572 signatures for a recall of vote petition. Smith says Dumler has a hindered capacity to represent his district since his sexual battery conviction.

Those signatures will be delivered to Albemarle County Circuit Court and the names will have to be certified by the county's voter registrar.       

The petition needs to be signed by 10 percent of the Scottsville district's voting population to move forward - totaling 372 signatures.  Smith's petition has 200 more than necessary – just in case there are issues with deciphering handwriting or signatures from citizens outside of the Scottsville district.

"Some of the handwriting on these things is just impossible to decipher.  So we'll try to do the best job we can on that," said Jake Washburn, Albemarle County voter registrar.

Once the signatures are verified,  the judge will call Dumler before the court to respond to the allegations and put on a defense.     

Dumler still refuses to step down from the Board of Supervisors, saying that he hasn't missed a single meeting. He is currently serving his 30-day jail sentence on weekends.

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