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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sowder e-mail clarifies record following Gecker attacks

I received an e-mail from the Don Sowder campaign regarding comments made by his opponent, Dan Gecker. The below e-mail clarifies Don’s position on several key issues facing Chesterfield. I have the utmost respect for what Don Sowder has accomplished in the short time he has been on the Board of Supervisors and believe he is a strong advocate for Chesterfield County and its citizens. The e-mail reads:

Message from Supervisor Don Sowder--PLEASE FORWARD--‏
From: Sara Capelli (
Sent: Thu 10/25/07 5:24 PM
To: Sara Capelli (

You may have already received mailings from Dan Gecker attacking Midlothian Supervisor Don Sowder on his record. What you need to know is those attacks are false.
Dan Gecker claims Don Sowder puts developers first and homeowners second. (Gecker for Supervisor mailing)
But the Truth is...Dan Gecker is a multi-million dollar developer. He is in the process of developing over 150 pieces of property in the Richmond area. (Venture Richmond, Winter Issue, 2007)

Dan Gecker claims that Don Sowder voted for higher taxes and a higher tax rate. (Gecker for Supervisor mailing)
But the Truth is...Don Sowder proposed the property tax rate cut that passed the Board of Supervisors. A reduction of 7 cents per $100 of assessed value on homes - this tax rate took $21 million off the backs of taxpayers. (Board of Super visors Minutes, 4/11/07)
Dan Gecker claims that Don Sowder voted to cut education funding. (Gecker for Supervisor mailing) But the Truth is...Don Sowder voted to increase education funding by $42.1 million over last year’s budget. Including funding to hire 450 new teachers. (Chesterfield County Budget)

Re-elect Midlothian Supervisor Don Sowder, Tuesday, November 6th.

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