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Remarks at the Democratic Caucus

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Good evening and thank you for this opportunity to talk with you about the future of our county and of our party.

For all of the years in which I have represented residents of the Jack Jouett District, first on the School Board and now on the Board of Supervisors, I have knocked on thousands of doors.

What I learned certainly helped me to win elections. More importantly, the connections I made with people from all walks of life helped me to represent their needs and hopes.

Those trips to doorsteps all across the district underscored an important value—that true representative democracy begins in the homes of the people it is designed to serve.

That’s what you and I have in common. We believe in a collaborative process, one that considers many points of view, all backgrounds and experiences. The Democratic Party stands for open doors.

Upon reflection, here’s what else we have in common:

A commitment to high quality public education;

The protection of civil and voting rights;

A belief that strength comes from diversity,

Preservation of our environment;

Fiscal responsibility and,

A recognition that government can be a CATALYST for OPPORTUNITY.

Accordingly this evening, I request your support of my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the Jack Jouett seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Over the past four years, here are a few accomplishments for the residents of our county:

  • We obtained $230 million in transportation improvements along the Rt 29 corridor, working with VDOT to complete the projects quickly and under budget.
  • We now have a Natural Resources Manager to help protect and manage our ecosystems and natural resources.
  • The Northside Library and a Regional Firearms Training Center were completed; both are examples of successful regional cooperation.
  • Albemarle County public schools are recognized among the top two percent in the country, according to 2016 national rankings.
  • The Board of Supervisors now has four memoranda of understanding with the City to enhance cooperative services in education, transportation, affordable housing and the environment.
  • We have formalized twice-annual meetings with the City to support regional work.
  • More than 25% of County land is now either in parkland or conservation easement.
  • We completed Ragged Mountain Dam, adding a billion gallons of stored water for County and City use, and,
  • We approved ordinances to protect the quality of life for residents living in urban neighborhoods.

Much remains to be done.

 

I am proud to receive the Democratic nomination for the Jack Jouett seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors!  I look forward to knocking on doors across the district, chatting with residents about issues and concerns, and asking for their support in addressing the challenges and opportunities that await us!

Ninth Annual Scholarship Recognition Breakfast sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia Chapter.  The organization works to close the achievement and opportunity gap between white and black students.  At this breakfast African American scholars in local middle and high schools were recognized.  11 seniors received college scholarships.

Diantha Announces Her Reelection Campaign

It has been a privilege for me to represent the residents of the Jack Jouett District on the Board of Supervisors. Today I am asking them to honor me again with their vote to represent them for another term.

Four years ago I ran to improve the quality of life for all our residents. I believe we do that best when we all work together. It is this spirit of unity that most often results in progress, whether our focus is on education, the environment, transportation, regional partnerships, or the economy.

I am proud of the Quality of Life investments realized over my term:

  • We obtained and initiated $230 million in transportation improvements along the Rt 29 corridor.
  • The County hired a Natural Resources Manager to protect and manage our ecosystems and natural resources.
  • The County hired a Transportation Engineer to support our urbanizing community’s roads.
  • The Northside Library and a Regional Firearms Training Center were completed.
  • Albemarle County public schools are among the top five percent of school divisions in Virginia and the top two percent in the country, according to 2016 national rankings.
  • The County has signed four new memoranda of understanding with Charlottesville regarding education, transportation, affordable housing and the environment.   The purpose of these memoranda in each case is to enhance service to our citizens in the most efficient ways possible.
  • We have added to our parks and conserved land. More than 25% of the land in the County is either in parkland or conservation easement.
  • Ragged Mountain Dam was completed and is in operation, adding a billion gallons of stored water for County and City use.

If re-elected, my objectives will include:

  • Continued support of education including additional pre-K classes.
  • Expanding affordable housing, prioritizing our teachers and safety officers.
  • Land-use and transportation improvements to relieve congestion in the US 29/Hydraulic Road intersection.
  • Seeking sustainable, mutually beneficial public-private partnerships in a cost effective and resourceful manner to strengthen the County’s infrastructure.
  • Supporting and growing local businesses and 21st Century industry to create mid-level job opportunities.
  • Working to expand our commercial tax base to reduce the reliance upon property taxes in support of county services and infrastructure improvements.
  • Creating career pathways for citizens to expand needed local workforce skills.
  • Improved transit services to better connect citizens to job opportunities and affordable housing.
  • Full implementation of the neighborhood policing model to support the safety of our citizens.
  • Improvement of aging infrastructure in our older growth area neighborhoods.

Community leaders are facing governing challenges as never before. My governing principles are: a high quality public education system, protecting civil rights and voting rights, a belief in strength that comes from being a diverse community, protecting our environment, fiscal responsibility, and the role of government as a catalyst for opportunity.

These principals are essential to an exceptional quality of life in Albemarle County and to our future prosperity. They are more achievable with the support of an organization that is as dedicated to their implementation as I am.  Accordingly, I have decided this year to seek the nomination of the Albemarle County Democratic Party for the Jack Jouett seat on the Board of Supervisors.