Albemarle’s Rio Supervisor Candidates Talk Priorities at Forum
From left: Brad Sheffield, Rodney Thomas
From the controversial Western Bypass to budget talks, the two Albemarle supervisor candidates running for the Rio District seat went head to head Tuesday night.
The forum was a civil one. Dozens of voters asked the two candidates - Brad Sheffield and Rodney Thomas - questions about everything from traffic to money problems, specifically the county's budget. Then, each candidate gave voters an idea of what he would like to change in the county's budget.
Thomas' priority is cutting down on spending.
"Spending is the biggest thing that I look at. We still are spending too much in certain areas. I'm a zero-based budget person; I started that way, I still am," he said.
Sheffield's goal is expanding the police force.
"I think we're underfunding our safety. We definitely are way below the average that we should be. It's a serious problem. If we don't start getting ahead of that crime prevention problem we're going to start seeing the effects of it," Sheffield said.
The candidates also discussed population growth and the comprehensive plan at the forum.
Election Day is November 5.
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