Ann H. Mallek will seek re-election to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in November.
Mallek, a Democrat who currently chairs the board and represents the White Hall District, formally announced Thursday her candidacy for a second four-year term.
In her announcement speech, Mallek highlighted future infrastructure needs and funding challenges, adding that the “most important part of the job is to listen.”
Mallek was appointed, last week, to her second consecutive year as the board’s chairwoman.
She has hosted 15 town hall meetings in her first three years on the board.
“I firmly believe people sent me there to represent them,” Mallek said, adding that residents want elected representatives who resolve issues with them, not in isolation.
Mallek and independent Supervisor Dennis S. Rooker rallied for an equalized real-estate tax rate last year, which would have increased the tax rate but left the average real-estate owner’s tax bill unchanged, because assessed property values declined on average.
But Mallek and Rooker were outnumbered by the board’s conservative majority, which had the county uphold its rate of 74.2 cents per $100 of assessed value, giving the average real-estate owner about a $90 tax break in 2010.
Mallek highlighted the county’s financial challenges on Thursday, stating: “The county must continue to invest tax dollars in the most needed services, in the most effective and fair way.”
“After three years of cutting the budget to match reduced revenues, that is a tall order.”
Mallek added that the county needs to fund capital projects that have been set aside as the county has focused on “ways to stop the financial bleeding” during the economic downfall.
“But as soon as we can, we must invest in high-priority projects, which will stimulate local jobs and provide county services. It will be no surprise to anyone that the Crozet Library tops my list.”
The county has set out to build a new, bigger library in Crozet to replace the existing crowded facility, but the county has not agreed on exactly when or how to fund the project.
It’s unclear whether Mallek will face a challenger in November.
“I’ve heard from a few folks that are interested,” said Rachel Schoenewald, chairwoman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee. “But it’s still really early in the process.”
Supervisor Lindsay G. Dorrier Jr.’s term also ends this year.
Kenneth C. Boyd, whose term also ends this year, declined to comment Thursday on whether he’ll seek re-election.
Mallek announced her bid for re-election at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road in front of a modest audience of news reporters and loyal supporters.
“When Ann came on … my Lord, she threw herself into it,” said White Hall District resident Fred Williamson. “There was meeting after meeting at the White Hall Community Center.”
Williamson said the town hall meetings have given residents a welcomed format to share views and concerns.