Attendance is up for the revised monthly breakfast format at our headquarters! The July gathering featured State Board of Elections member Clara Belle Wheeler, who shared an important update regarding efforts to identify and prevent voter fraud (see action item below). Albemarle Board of Supervisors candidate John C. Lowry offered a thoughtful presentation on balanced land use policy and the importance of economic development in our county. We also received a federal legislative update from Congressman Garrett’s legislative counsel Elliott Harding.
Action item: It is critical that the Virginia JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission) audit the Virginia Department of Elections. Please contact our state legislators to ask them to support this effort.
Senate of Virginia: http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/
House of Delegates: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php
Please join us in welcoming Sophie Crowell back to Albemarle. Many of you will remember Sophie from her role with Congressman Garrett’s campaign last year or her time at UVA.
Sophie joined RPV as the Field Coordinator for Albemarle to organize support for our statewide ticket. She is working from our ACRC Headquarters and will coordinate closely with all of our local activities. Sophie will be reaching out for volunteers to phone bank, campaign door-to-door, and other activities; if you want to volunteer, her contact information is email@example.com or (434) 260-3696.
At our June breakfast, Lieutenant Mike Wagner of the Albemarle County Police Department gave an excellent presentation. Wagner, a Deputy District Commander, discussed local law enforcement issues and the department’s recently released 2016 annual report.
ACRC Republican Campaign Headquarters
2132 Berkmar Dr, Charlottesville, 22901
The June 13, 2017 Republican Primary Sample Ballot is available here,
1. Breakfast, Saturday, June 10th
2. Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 13th
3. John Lowry Nominated for Supervisor
4. Events / Announcements
Saturday, June 10th, 8:30am
ACRC Headquarters — 2132 Berkmar Drive
$5 per person – coffee and breakfast pastries
Join us for a discussion of local law enforcement issues with:
Lieutenant Mike Wagner
Deputy District Commander, Albemarle County Police Department
Based upon your feedback, we are trying a new format this month. Come out and enjoy our headquarters! Everyone can mingle more freely and enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries for only $5. The presentation will begin at 9am.
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
Tuesday, June 13th
Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday in the Republican primary for Governor and Lt. Governor. For more information on each the candidates, click their respective links below:
For questions about voting (e.g., registration, absentee ballots, polling locations), please refer to the Albemarle County Registrar’s page: http://www.albemarle.org/department.asp?department=registrar.
JOHN LOWRY NOMINATED for SUPERVISOR
On May 16th, ACRC nominated John Lowry for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors representing the Samuel Miller District. He is a well-respected leader and brings a depth of experience acquired through decades of service in our community.
In a statement, ACRC Chairman George Urban observed, “The time has come for a more balanced approach in Albemarle County. Mr. Lowry’s opponent has been a key player in increasing the tax burden on residents, chasing away good paying jobs, and stonewalling responsible economic development. Albemarle has suffered unprecedented turnover in county staff, including the resignations of the economic development director and the county executive. The direction of the past four years is unsustainable. I am excited to support John Lowry to bring balance to Albemarle County.”
Learn more about John at http://www.lowryforalbemarle.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 8:30am – June breakfast (see above).
TUESDAY, JUNE 13 – Primary Election Day (see above).
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 – Republican Party of Virginia will host a post-primary Commonwealth Tour in five locations throughout the day. Come out and meet your nominees! For more information and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/republican-party-of-virginia-10853600071
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 7pm – Americans for Prosperity presents the “Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.” For more information and to reserve your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afp-foundation-va-insight-to-action-forum-moral-case-for-fossil-fuels-charlottesville-tickets-33412645121
DUES – Many of you received email reminders to pay your annual dues, as it has been twelve months since you last paid. Please be sure to keep your membership current or you will not be eligible to vote at future meetings! We appreciate your support of ACRC.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – We have important open volunteer positions to be filled. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in being a magisterial district chair or precinct captain. Training is provided.
The sixth in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, June 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Space in downtown Charlottesville 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.State Government and its relation to Virginia communities.
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
The government sessions are 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.