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Two Supervisors View Actions Of Anti-Bypass Group As Improper

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Two Supervisors View Actions Of Anti-Bypass Group As Improper

Two Albemarle Supervisors have weighed in on the controversy surrounding broadcast ads that were paid for by a group called the Charlottesville Bypass Truth Coalition. Both Duane Snow (pictured left) and Rodney Thomas (pictured right) believe the coalition acted improperly. The two incumbents, who are seeking reelection on Tuesday, agree with fellow Supervisor Ken Boyd’s decision to file a formal complaint against the new group with the State Board of Elections. Members of the new organization say they are linked to the Charlottesville Albemarle Transportation Coalition, which has been fighting the proposed western bypass since 1988. Snow has questioned the transparency of the Charlottesville Bypass Truth Coalition, and he and Thomas want to know why it won’t release its list of donors. You can hear his brief remarks by clicking on the button at the bottom of this article. The Board of Elections says groups must register with that state agency if their primary purpose is expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate. Both Snow and Thomas are mentioned in the ads. Their campaigns have also noted posts on the group’s Facebook page where people promoted their rivals in the upcoming election. Nora Seilheimer, who’s the coordinator of the new group, says the organization’s mission is to educate and engage. Seilheimer was a Friday afternoon guest on Charlottesville…Right Now.