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Man Who Started Petition to Remove Dumler Reacts to Court Ruling

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Smith says he does not agree with the judge's ruling but he will support it. He emphasizes the effort was not politically motivated. Smith says he does not agree with the judge's ruling but he will support it. He emphasizes the effort was not politically motivated.

The man who started the petition to remove Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler from the board said he does not agree with a judge's decision to allow Dumler to remain in office.

Saturday, he's encouraging Dumler to move forward - focusing on the county's work.

Albemarle County Circuit Court judge Cheryl Higgins ruled against the petition started by Scottsville resident Earl Smith. The document collected more than 580 signatures.

On Friday, the judge announced she found no grounds to remove Dumler from the board because of his misdemeanor sexual battery conviction or neglect of duty. Smith started the recall vote petition back in February. He submitted the names for verification at the end of March. The petition required signatures from 10 percent of voters in the Scottsville district - or 372 names.

Smith says he does not agree with the judge's ruling but he will support it. He emphasizes the effort was not politically motivated.

"When you're walking the street and only using the tools that you have, that we had 80 percent of those signatures in 30 days," Smith said. "And for him to discount that and go straight toward making this political again, I don't think he learned a thing. I would be very humbled if I was him and I'd reach out to those 600 folk in my district. It wasn't a witch hunt."

Dumler said in a statement, "The only thing I'm disappointed in is that the conservative and tea party elements behind the petition were allowed to waste such a significant amount of taxpayer money and valuable court resources on such an obviously frivolous lawsuit."

Smith says he does not feel like he wasted time with this petition. He hopes Dumler can leave politics out of the situation and move forward.

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