Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
C-500 endorses Benjamin Pitts, Gary Skinner
The Committee of 500 has endorsed the same two candidates it endorsed for the 2007 election. Benjamin Pitts, the incumbent in the Battlefield District, and Gary Skinner, the incumbent in the Lee Hill District, won the endorsements late last week.
Here is the press release:
The Committee of 500 proudly announces its endorsements for the 2009 Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors election: Benny Pitts for the Battlefield District, and Gary Skinner for the Lee Hill District.
The endorsements come after an extensive evaluation process, including the completion of a detailed questionnaire (available from each candidate on our website http://committee500.org/), public Candidates Forum, and C500 panel interview with each individual.
"We selected Benny Pitts and Gary Skinner because their visions for Spotsylvania County, most notably their strategies for smart growth management, transportation – including VRE, and community economic development, more closely parallel those of C500," said chair Fred Messing. He went on to note that their opponents, Chris Yakabouski and D.J. McGuire, respectively, should be congratulated for participating fully in the C500 evaluation process. "They are intelligent and capable opponents, but their individual philosophies and approaches differ significantly from those of C500 in several important areas."
C500 is not offering an opinion regarding the uncontested Berkeley District election since Mr. Marshall opted not to participate in the endorsement process.
The Committee of 500 strongly encourages all eligible citizens in the Battlefield and Lee Hill Districts to vote for Mr. Pitts or Mr. Skinner on November 3.