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Board chair’s remarks criticized; Market Days to be one day this year

Mike Rowe, chair of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors, received a number of complaints during the board’s April 27 meeting, with residents objecting to comments he had made at a prior meeting and calling for him to step down from his leadership post. One of those complaining is running for board in the November election.

Addressing the board during the public comment period, David Schlosser of Mathews accused Rowe of sexual harassment for telling women participating in a Zoom board meeting in January that they looked nice.

“All you girls look good tonight,” said Rowe, as recorded for the public record. He was then told that the meeting was live on Facebook, and he continued with, “Y’all look spry and refreshed, ready to go to work.”

Schlosser said that Rowe’s comments showed an “apparent disregard for sexual harassment,” and asked that he step down.

Grace Van Buskirk of Mathews said that the comments reminded her of getting catcalls and that it was an example of an e...

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