There are now two Republicans seeking the nomination for the South District seat on the Nelson County Board of Supervisors.
Philip Purvis of Shipman has filed a statement of organization for the seat, which is currently held by Democrat Robert Barton. He joins James C. Bibb, a fellow Republican who turned in his electronic paperwork on January 12.
I reached out to both candidates today and here is what I got from each beginning with Purvis.
“As a resident of Shipman, VA for my entire life, I have a deep love for Nelson County, particularly the South District, where I live with my family as a husband, father, and grandfather,” Purvis said. “My neighbors and friends have expressed to me their frustration with feeling like their voices are not heard or valued, which has motivated me to act.
“I believe that it is our duty to take care of what God has given us for future generations, and to ensure that every voice is heard and valued. With 35 years of experience as a small business owner and building contractor, I have a good understanding of the challenges faced by citizens in Nelson County. I am confident that my family, faith, and experience will give me the strength to represent the South District and all of Nelson County, preserving our rights, promoting our values, and ensuring a bright future.”
And here’s the response from Bibb.
“Being a Nelson Native and having lived in the South District most of my adult life, I have become more involved in county processes in the last decade and have always had an interest in politics.,” Bibb wrote. “I have taken issue with the way our district has been represented, the communication barriers that exist between the Representatives and the constituents and the outlook for the people of the South District faced with a number of concerns such as employment, rising tax cost and housing. “
“Our representation needs to be truly invested in the community, so I decided to make a difference and am running for Nelson’s South District Supervisors seat,” Bibb continued.
The second seat up for election this November is in the West District. That seat is currently held by David Parr.
Most of this story comes from the February 2, 2023 edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement and this is an updated story with the comments from both candidates. Increasingly the versions posted to this website will have more information than what is in the newsletter. I’m grateful to all supporters for allowing me to experiment. If you’d like to support the overall work of Town Crier Productions to bring information to the community, please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon.