Standing in frigid weather outside Crozet Library February 24, White Hall District Supervisor Ann Mallek announced that she is running for a third term.
“It’s been an honor and a joy to represent the White Hall District for the last seven years,” she said, citing her 30 years of “active service to Albemarle County.”
Mallek pointed to four points of emphasis in her record. First, she said, was being accessible to citizens. She has appeared at 39 town halls during her tenure, with three more slated for this month.
Second is publicly-funded infrastructure development in Crozet, such as the library, the streetscape project, the wetlands storm water project for downtown, and the completion of Jarmans Gap Road.
Third is new agriculture ordinances that “simplified processes for on-farm markets” and her role in creating the Monticello Artisan Trail, the first such “trail” in the state. Mallek described herself as a promoter of the local food movement.
Fourth, Mallek emphasized county budgeting, the “restructuring of county staff,” a focus on vulnerable citizens and the opening of two new county parks.
She said her new emphases would be coping with population growth in Crozet, supporting the environmental academy at Western Albemarle High School, “recreational enhancements,” safety improvements on rural roads, adding police officers, protecting volunteer organizations such as the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department and the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, and stream water quality.
She noted that 4,000 housing units were approved for construction in Crozet from 2004 to 2007, about 2,000 of which have been built. She said funding for a bridge over Lickinghole Creek in eastern Crozet and a new railroad track crossing near Starr Hill Brewery are becoming necessary projects. She said she would work with the county’s economic development staff to find new uses for Crozet’s industrial land.
“I will dedicate the next four years to your service,” she promised.
Mallek will hold town hall meetings this month, the first following the Crozet Community Association’s March 12 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Field School, the next on March 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Earlysville firehouse and finally on March 28 from 10 a.m. until noon at the White Hall Community Center.