Former Officials Hendrix, Tucker and Davis Offer Tutorial on Local Government

Thursday’s forum is first in a series on “Understanding Government”

Charlottesville, VA March 27, 2017: The first in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, March 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Charlottesville City Council Chambers and will feature talks on local government by three former Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials with over a hundred years of government experience between them.

Larry Davis, who served as Albemarle County Attorney from 1994-2016 and was a County Attorney in Spotsylvania and James City County before that, will give an overview of the legal framework of local government in Virginia, especially in relation to state government, the Dillon Rule, and “who does what”

Former Charlottesville City Manager, Cole Hendrix and former Albemarle County Executive, Bob Tucker will offer their views on local government, how it functions, how it affects people’s lives, and important lessons learned during their decades of public service.

Tucker began working for Albemarle County as a planner in 1973, when the county population was just over 42,000. He became Planning Director in 1976 and served as County Executive from 1991 to 2010. When he retired, the county had more than doubled in population, had developed a commercial and residential urban ring and was managing growth with a comprehensive plan that defined growth and rural areas, with 95% of county land set aside for rural farms and forests.

Hendrix served as Charlottesville City Manager from 1971 to 1996, during a time when the city developed the downtown pedestrian mall, crafted a revenue-sharing agreement with Albemarle County, signed a cooperation agreement with Albemarle and the University of Virginia, and formed water and sewer and solid waste authorities with the county. After retiring, Hendrix served as interim town manager in Orange and as Associate Vice-President of Community Relations at UVA Health Sciences Center.

The local government session is the first in a series of six forums on understanding government offered by the Democratic Road Forward PAC, which was established in 2003 by the late Delegate Mitch Van Yahres.

In reference to the PAC, former Charlottesville City Councilor and PAC president, Meredith Richards explained that the mission is to encourage and nurture government leadership at the grassroots in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. “While some of our activities are partisan in nature,” she said, “others like the Understanding Government program are non-partisan and exist for the sole purpose of promoting good government and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.”

The Understanding Government forums will run every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from March 30 to June 8, with the first one held in City Council Chambers and the remaining forums at City Space in downtown Charlottesville.

Confirmed speakers for future forums in the series include:

State Government and its relation to Virginia communities (April 13)

  • John Thomas, former Director, Virginia Institute of Government at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA
  • Delegate David Toscano, 57th District representative, Virginia House of Delegates
  • David Blount, Legislative Liaison, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission

Regionalism: Jurisdictions working together to develop effective solutions (April 27)

  • Chip Boyles, Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
  • Diantha McKeel, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
  • Michael Signer, Charlottesville Mayor

Public Education: Meeting the Needs of our Children in Today’s Challenging Times (May 11)

  • Juandiego Wade, Co-Chairman, Charlottesville City School Board
  • Others TBA

Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice System (May25)

  • Timothy Longo, former Charlottesville Chief of Police
  • Jim Hingeley, former Head, Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defenders Office
  • Dave Chapman, Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney
  • Others TBA

How Zoning and Land Use Planning Shape the World Around Us (June 8)

  • Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Councilor
  • Neil Williamson, President and CEO, Free Enterprise Forum
  • Jeff Werner, Charlottesville and Albemarle County Land Use Field Officer, Piedmont Environmental Council


New ACRC Leadership

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, members of the Albemarle County Republican Committee elected George Urban as Chair, replacing Elliott Harding, and Reecye Modny as Treasurer, replacing Sue Wurzer.

Good luck to Elliott and Sue in their next steps.
Thank you for your service and leadership.

McAuliffe Vetoes Voter Fraud Bills

This week, Governor McAuliffe vetoed a bill from Delegate Buddy Fowler to require a photo ID be submitted for an absentee ballot.  This follows McAuliffe’s veto of Senator Mark Obenshain’s measure to investigate why eight localities have more registered voters than voting-age residents.  (I am still waiting for his action on my bill to address voters who are registered in more than one state.)

Of course, it was only last year that a Harrisonburg canvasser was caught attempting to register 19 dead people, and an Alexandria activist was convicted for registering fictitious voters.  In Newport News, a man received a voter registration at his address, but with a different name.  He brought it to prosecutors, who identified 32 others cases where this may have happened.

Even with all this, Governor McAuliffe STILL vetoed the bill to investigate why some localities had more registered voters than eligible adults!

Tell Terry McAuliffe that you support photo ID and investigating why there are more registered voters than voting-age residents.  Tell him you oppose his vetoes. E-mail him here.

Delegate Rob Bell

Reminder: Special Meeting

Reminder:  Special Business County Committee Meeting to elect Chairman and Treasurer, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Cross Life Church, 1410 Old Brooks Road, Charlottesville, Va.  Doors open at 5:30 pm for registration, meeting starts at 6:00 pm.  The nomination committee is please to announce that all applications submitted have been reviewed and accepted.
Nominees for Chairman:  George Urban;  Treasurer:  Reecye Modny.
Please plan on attending the Special Business Meeting on Wednesday.

Official Call: 25th House District of the Republican Party

Originally published at

Legislative District Party Canvass

of the 25th HOUSE

District of the Republican Party of Virginia


Chairman of the 25th HOUSE District Committee of the Republican Party, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, Paul Comes, do hereby issue this call for a Legislative District Party Canvass to be held at;

Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona, VA,

Rockingham County- Arey Hall at the Bridgewater Town Building,

201 Green Street, Bridgewater, Virginia, and

Albemarle County – Crozet  Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA,

– April 29th, 2017  from 10AM-4PM, for the purposes of: (a) nominating a Republican candidate for the office of DELEGATE to be voted for in the GENERAL election on November 7.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of the 25th HOUSE District under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions or primaries encompassing their respective election districts.

25th District Precincts:  Albemarle County (Belfield, Brownsville, Crozet, Ivy,  East Ivy, Jack Jouett, Yellow Mountain); Augusta County (Crimora, Dooms, Fishersville, Fort Defiance, New Hope, Verona, Weyers Cave, Wilson); Rockingham County (Bridgewater,Crossroads, Grottoes, Massanetta Springs, Montezuma, Mount Crawford, North River, Ottobine, Port Republic).

Filing Requirements

Candidates for the Republican nomination at said canvass shall file a written statement declaring they are a candidate and a fee of $705.00, by mail or in person, to Paul Comes, 636 New Hope & Crimora Road, Fort Defiance, VA 24437, which must be received not later than March 7, 2017,

8:00 PM.  If only one candidate properly files, then said candidate shall be declared the Republican nominee and no canvass will be held.

Registration Fee

A voluntary registration fee of $5 is requested of each voter in this canvass.

Paid for and authorized by the 25th House of Delegate Legislative District Committee