Details Emerge on Potential Dumler Replacements, Supervisors React
Following Chris Dumler's resignation from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors last week, the board is searching for someone to fill his seat.
Three names are now in the hat to take Dumler's spot on the Board of Supervisors until a special election this fall. Supervisors are reacting to those wanting the job and talking about a potential political fight on the horizon.
An empty Albemarle supervisor seat could pit board members against each other as they hone in on a candidate. With Chris Dumler out, a new majority now has the conservative decision power.
"I'm sure we're going to take the politics out of it. I really think so, but then again we may not and it may just be a true majority vote," said Rodney Thomas, Albemarle supervisor.
A trio of candidates has emerged wanting the vacant spot.
Terry Hawkins - a Republican - spent time as Albemarle's sheriff from 1987 until 2000 and says he wants to restore trust and integrity to the board seat.
Rick Randolph - the Democrat - serves as the Scottsville District representative on the planning commission. He was appointed in 2012.
Then there's Nancy Carpenter - a member of Transition Charlottesville and other community groups. She was an acting zoning administrator in Culpeper and claims no political party.
"I think we have some qualified people who have applied," said Dennis Rooker, Albemarle supervisor.
"It's a nice mix of different individuals and personalities," said Thomas.
During the interim's time on the board, he or she will likely take part in a number of land use issues, including changes to the comprehensive plan.
"I'm not really looking at party here. I'm looking at the best candidate who can step in quickly," said Rooker.
Registered voters in the Scottsville District have until June 20 to submit their applications. The board will review them and appoint an interim candidate on July 10.
The special election for Dumler's seat will be held on November 5.
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