Residents of White Hall District have been fortunate in having Ann Mallek as our White Hall Supervisor, and she deserves solid support for a final term. Not that it’s easy work featuring snap decisions. A glutton for punishment? Career politician? She explains that she aims only to finish some projects in which she has invested much time and energy and wants to see to completion.
Instead of facing a challenger who knows his stuff and helps sharpen our thinking in lively debate, her opponent dodges appearances with Ann and mostly takes potshots at select homeowners-association meetings. In a rare exception, at the Field School in early September, he said that nothing was getting done, everything took too long, and traffic around Crozet is terrible, all of which he tried to lay on Ann Mallek. I thought she had a right to sound a tad world-weary as she explained how the supervisors, county agencies, and state officials get things done—despite the sometimes understandable hitches.
Her opponent or friends of the campaign continue to claim that somehow she is responsible for the original county master plan for Crozet in 2005. But she won her first election to the board in 2007, soon thereafter working with others to *lower* the projected population ceiling from 24,000 to 16,000. Contrary to circulating rumor this election cycle—wish thought we might—the figure 12,000 never surfaced as a viable option (the latest census puts Crozet at 9,400).
A worse fable making the rounds alleges that Ann accepts campaign financing from housing developers. She does not.
While of course it’s healthy to ask good questions of government itself and our public servants, I have to be wary of candidates who won’t debate, abide advantageous falsehoods, and perhaps even suggest we break things and see what happens.
Meantime, Ann Mallek has held about ninety town-hall meetings, listening to any and all attending voters while keeping up with a rigorous board of supervisors’ calendar. Her deep experience in county/state governance makes her extremely useful to constituents. She makes connections, knows where to go for answers, how to proceed with a prickly issue, and the rest.
Among important recent projects she has helped to pull through regulatory, financial, and political channels she can point to approval and funding for extensive improvements to downtown Crozet—both the Square and Plaza—and extending Library Avenue to Parkside Village, with a pedestrian walkway along the new street.
Then there’s the 250/240/680 roundabout that now appears on the VDOT spreadsheet for spring of this coming year. It promises to help considerably with traffic at that junction, particularly at morning and evening rush hours.
I suggest we thank Ann, return her for a final term, and then let her get back to farming.
Robert J. Brugger