Candidate for Albemarle Co. Board of Supervisors Launches Write-In Campaign
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A retired University of Virginia professor is launching a write-in campaign for a seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
Mike Johnson announced his candidacy in front of the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road Thursday, September 5.
Johnson is running for the Rivanna District, which is currently held by Supervisor Norman dill. The retired professor says he decided to run because he believes the seat should not go unopposed.
The candidate mentioned accountability and cutting back on taxes during his speech Thursday. Specifically, Johnson mentioned a "rain tax" that supervisors ultimately voted no on in 2018.
Johnson claims a major issue at supervisors meetings is that seats reserved for people living in Albemarle County are often empty: “We’re going to have to work on encouraging people to come. Have you ever been to some of those meetings? There’s nobody there,” he said.
Johnson will be running against Democrat Bea Lapisto Kirtley, who edged out Jerrod Smith for the party's nomination. Dill announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.