Albemarle Supervisors Candidates Debate Climate Change
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The five hopefuls vying for the three seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met on the dais Thursday night to discuss issues surrounding climate change.
The Sierra Club hosted the candidate forum at the Albemarle County Office Building. Both Democratic and Republican candidates met to discuss how they hope the county will address climate change in the future.
"Climate change is happening and the government needs to prepare for that," said BOS candidate Donna Price.
The five candidates were split on the issues when it comes to climate change.
"Climate change has been happening since the beginning of time and it's going to happen long after we're extinct," said BOS candidate Mike Hallahan.
All five candidates were asked if they would support the county implementing a resilience plan, which would fund the county in case of an environmental disaster.
"Here in Albemarle County, it's important for us to prepare and plan to be and be able to execute when these things happen," Price said.
Other candidates thought a resilience plan would be hurtful for the county's economy.
"I think that it is likely to damage the economy and drive business to the surrounding counties who will not be executing these kinds of plans," said BOS candidate Steve Harvey.
Candidates also discussed ways they think the county could benefit from investing in efforts to the county's carbon footprint.
"I think we can work on establishing sustainable practices for our citizens through incentives," said BOS candidate Bea LaPisto Kirtley.
"We cannot look away from the long-predicted changes in our climate patterns, with more vicious storms, more heat and more cold," said BOS candidate Ann Mallek
Other candidates felt the county should be spending its money elsewhere.
"These kinds of climate change ideas and concepts are just not appropriate at this level of government," Harvey said.
The candidates are running for seats in the Scottsville, Rivanna, and White Hall districts.