Rodney S. Thomas

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Rodney Thomas
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Rodney Thomas (R-Rio)

District Rio Magisterial District
Term Start January 2010
Term End December 31, 2013
Preceded by David Slutzky
Succeeded by Brad Sheffield

District Rio Magisterial District

Biographical Information

Date of birth Dec. 22, 1943
Age 70
Spouse Nancy Thomas
Children Rod Thomas
Ashley Thomas
Residence Carrsbrook
Profession President of
Charlottesville Press
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Rodney Sterling Thomas served one term on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors representing the Rio District from 2010 to 2013. He lost his reelection campaign to challenger Brad Sheffield on November 5, 2013. [1] He had previously won election to the Rio Magisterial District on November 3, 2009. He defeated incumbent Democrat David Slutzky. Thomas is a former member of the Albemarle County Planning Commission[2]. Thomas is the President of Charlottesville Press.

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Albemarle Service

He was appointed to the Planning Commission by former Supervisor David Bowerman. Thomas was unsuccessful in his bid to get the Republican Party's nomination in June 2005 when Gary Grant was picked to run for the open seat being vacated by Bowerman. As part of his service on the Board, Thomas sits on the MPO Policy Board as well as the Regional Transit Authority Working Group. He served as chair of the MPO 2011 meeting. [citation needed]

Biography

According to his campaign website, Thomas is a lifelong resident of Albemarle County[3]. He was born at The Martha Jefferson Hospital and attended Clark Elementary School, Burnley-Moran Elementary School and graduated from Lane High School in 1962. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and performed most of his service in the United States. [4]

He worked for the Daily Progress until 1979 when he purchased Charlottesville Press, Inc.

Thomas is a past board member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, YMCA, Printing Industries of Virginia, Crime Stoppers and also past President of the Charlottesville Host Lion’s Club.

He is a 1999 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia and is a current member of Sorensen’s Regional Board of Directors.

Contact Information

Rodney S. Thomas
3411 N. Indian Spring Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 242-3322
rthomas@albemarle.org

2013 election for Board of Supervisors

Thomas faced Democrat Brad Sheffield in the November 5, 2013 general election. He raised $8,090 between January 2010 and May 29, 2013. [5] That includes $2,500 from the Zobrist Law Group and $2,500 from Richard M. Hewitt. In the July/August period, Thomas raised $9,000. [6]


Candidate Votes %
Brad Sheffield (D) Winner 3,318 56.68
Rodney Thomas (R) Incumbent 2,525 43.13
Write-In 11 0.19
Source: State Board of Educations[7]
Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Rodney S. Thomas (R)
Office Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Rio District
Election year 2013 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
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2009 election for Board of Supervisors

On February 5, 2009 Thomas appeared on WINA AM 1070's Rob Schilling Show to make his campaign announcement. "I will work for the people of the Rio District, and all of Albemarle County," said Thomas. "I plan to knock on every door in the Rio district and find out what people's concerns are."

Thomas discussed his philosophy as a fiscal conservative. "The County needs to find a way to be more conservative with the tax dollars they are taking in," said Thomas. "I don't like the way things are being handled [in local government]....The Board needs to be more accountable [to the people]."

Candidate Votes %
Rodney Thomas (R) 2,650 52.96
David Slutzky (D) Incumbent 2,349 46.94
Write-In 5 0.10
Source: Albemarle County[8].

Overall voter turnout for Albemarle County in this election was 46.7%[9].

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Rodney Thomas (R) - Challenger * WINNER
Office Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Rio District
Election year 2009 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
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Candidate forums:
  1. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, Rio, 2009 October 1
  2. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 15
  3. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 22 (1 of 2)
  4. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 22 (2 of 2)


External links

Rodney Thomas for Supervisor

Media appearances

May 30, 2010 appearance on WNRN's Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call

References

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