Land-use issues continue to dominate at Mathews County candidate forums

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Oct 26, 2011 - 03:38 PM

The comprehensive plan and Agenda 21 were the topics of several questions asked of candidates for the Mathews Board of Supervisors before a packed house during last week’s candidate forum sponsored by the West Mathews Civic League.

Ted Broderson, moderator of last Wednesday’s forum, allowed each candidate three minutes to answer each question, but didn’t ask each candidate to answer every question. Questions were submitted in writing, and Broderson read them to the candidates.

Supervisor candidates present were incumbents Janine Burns, Edwina Casey, and Charles Ingram and challengers Haskins Ramos, Pat Beattie and Ruth Litschewski.

One questioner expressed doubt that the comprehensive plan actually grew out of the planning sessions held in Mathews, and asked if the comments made by residents during development of the plan were included in the final plan.

First-time candidate Haskins Ramos drew a laugh when he said, "I think if I hear ‘comp plan’ again, my hair will light on fire."