Daily Progress Endorsement

October 26, 2009

Today, I received the endorsement of The Daily Progress.  The endorsement can be found online here and is reproduced in its entirety below.  I thank The Daily Progress for their kind words and support!!

“It’s Slutzky for Rio”

This is one of the toughest election decisions this newspaper has ever had to face. No finer civic servant could be found than Rodney Thomas, a genuinely good man who has dedicated countless hours to the betterment of this community. Albemarle and Charlottesville are immeasurably better because of his efforts. The county Board of Supervisors could use his knowledge, compassion and insight.

But only one person can be elected from the Rio District. And we believe that person should be David Slutzky.

Yes, Mr. Slutzky is controversial. Yes, he makes false steps. Yes, he sometimes seeks to lead where few are ready to follow.  But he is a courageous man and a brilliant thinker. It is rare to find someone so willing to try new approaches at the risk of public misunderstanding and disapproval.

For this very reason, the board needs him. He brings a totally unique viewpoint that adds to the insights which, in total, make up county government.

What’s more, he has been tempered and seasoned by his first term in office. He has been called arrogant, but we find him more willing to discuss differences and reach consensus than most people give him credit for.

This newspaper has been among the most vocal critics of some of his ideas, and we will continue to oppose those notions that we consider wrong. But it is good for the county, good for debate, good for democracy and good for pro-gress to have someone like David Slutzky in the mix.

He’s willing to take risks to bring us all some fresh insights. Whether we ultimately adopt them or not, we have new ideas to sharpen our thinking.

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Endorsements!

October 25, 2009

I’m pleased to announce and accept the endorsement today of the Albemarle Political Action Committee for Education (APACE).  APACE is a non-partisan organization representing professional educators throughout Albemarle County, and I am thrilled to have their support.  I have worked hard these past four years on the Board to ensure that Albemarle County schools not only maintain our tradition of educational excellence, but also to increase funding and support for our education system to ensure that our children have the best possibility education today so that they may succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.

EARL Forum

October 7, 2009

A huge thank you to the Earlysville Area Resident League (EARL) for putting together tonight’s forum, to Jay James for moderating, and to the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company for hosting the event.  My opponent and I – joined by the two Independent candidates for the Rio School Board seat – had an engaging discussion about the critical issues facing Albemarle County, answering questions on topics as diverse as the 50-year water plan and constituent services provided both by EARL and by my voters and constituents in attendance.  Thank you to everyone who made it out!

Bob McAdams Meet & Greet

September 30, 2009

A huge thank you to Bob McAdams for hosting a fantastic meet and greet for me at his lovely Williamsburg Road home on Monday evening.

I was excited to share the work I’ve been doing on the Board for the past few years with you, as well as listen to your thoughts and concerns about the future of Albemarle.  We had an engaging discussion on topics from the proper role of eminent domain in local government to the parallel road and transit improvements that I have been working hard to incorporate in to the Places29 master plan.

Again, a huge thank you to both Bob and to everyone who took time out of their evenings to come and share your ideas with me!

Dunlora Meet & Greet

September 28, 2009

This evening, Denise Lunsford and Richard Brewer hosted a fantastic neighborhood meet and greet for me at their home in the Dunlora neighborhood.

A great, engaged crowd and I talked about my efforts to preserve Albemarle’s rural area, as well as how the Board can best protect rural wealth while simultaneously maintaining our County’s pristine beauty and protect its delicate ecological systems.  I was thrilled to hear your reactions to my positions on this issue, both positive and concerned, as well as your thoughts on where you’d like to see Albemarle move in the future.

We also talked extensively about my position on the water issues currently facing Albemarle County.  I’m glad I got the opportunity to explain my position on this and other critical and complicated issues to those in attendance, and thank everyone who was able to make it for their thoughtful insights and opinions.

Earlysville Meet and Greet

September 22, 2009

Last night, Don and Meg Franco graciously hosted a neighborhood meet and greet for me at their home.

We talked about my efforts to preserve the rural area of the County over the past four years, and how best the Board of Supervisors can encourage “smart growth” in the designated growth area in the future. We even had a farmer in attendance, so it was great to hear everyone’s different perspectives on what mattered most to them.

We also talked about the importance of fully funding public education and police officers. One gentleman said his son is a police officer in the community and it takes him 40 minutes to get to a call sometimes, because he and his fellow officers are spread so thin.

Stonehenge Meet and Greet

August 20, 2009

Amo Gunsallus hosted a great meet and greet this past Tuesday. Some of the attendees were surprised that I could help them out on some of their particular neighborhood issues. My constituents should always feel free to call me–if an issue is important to them, it’s important to me!

Recap of Carrsbrook Meet and Greet

August 13, 2009

This past Monday, Jane and Stirling Williamson and Joe and Nancy Mason hosted a wonderful neighborhood meet and greet for me. There was great turnout from all types of voters, from Democratic to Republican to Independent.

We talked about some of the tough, complex issues facing the County, like how the Board is handling the economic downturn and what to do to alleviate the traffic on 29.  The members of the neighborhood were very receptive to some of the proposals I have spearheaded, such as the grant Charlottesville-Albemarle won that will bring at least 1,600 new green jobs to the area. I also appreciated hearing their thoughts and suggestions on these issues.

Looking forward to the next meet and greet in Stonehenge this upcoming Tuesday. Be sure to check our campaign calendar on the website for events we’re having.

Welcome to my blog!

July 24, 2009

This blog will keep you informed about what we’re up to on the campaign trail. I’m looking forward to having some thoughtful conversations with my constituents about the priorities I’ve been fighting for on the Board, and what they’d like to see happen in the future.

If you’d like to be involved with the campaign, please contact my Campaign Manager, Marta Cook, at marta@davidslutzky.com. We’re going to have a lot of fun!