Criteria Used to Rate Supervisors: The table below is based on supervisors’ voting records, public statements, and other political activity related to balanced growth issues. Numerous newspaper articles, e-mails from supervisors, and other information on this website document the supervisors’ positions. (Click this link for more information on supervisors’ positions.)

The table below applies only to supervisors’ positions and votes on balanced growth issues and are in no way an attempt to evaluate their records in any other way.

Relative to the last column to the right, we indeed believe that residential developer campaign contributions influence politicians’ behavior in the long run and are thus germane to a discussion of balanced growth issues. If that were not true, why would donors contribute? On the other hand, we consider it even more important to judge the politican’s actual political behavior.

Link to previous supervisor report cards:  Land Use Votes 2001-07 (Nov07) | Proffers (Oct07);

Supervisor  John Stirrup Supervisor Mike Ma Supervisor  Frank Principi Supervisor  Maureen Caddigan Chairman Corey Stewart Supervisor John Jenkins Vice-Chrmn Marty Nohe Supervisor Wally Covington
Avendale Housing Development in Rural Crescent (2010): Actively opposed Opposed Opposed Opposed, then ultimately supported Actively supported Supported Supported Actively supported
County’s current land use plan, which allows development “anywhere, anytime” and fast-tracks approval of developer land use requests (2010): Supported Opposed Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported Strongly supported; appointed residential developer with alleged potential conflicts of interest to county’s Land Use Advisory Commission
Preservation of Rural Crescent by keeping  out development and sewer lines, which make high-density housing possible: Strongly supports Strongly supports Supports Mixed record; before 2007 usually supported, but since then has wavered, supporting both Avendale, Fireside Church Mixed record; before 2007 supported, but since then has wavered, including active campaigning for Avendale Has consistently  supported expansion of sewer lines and other development into Rural Crescent. Has consistently  supported expansion of sewer lines and other development into Rural Crescent. Has consistently  supported expansion of sewer lines and other development into Rural Crescent
2007 precedent -setting sewering of  Fireside Church inside Rural Crescent: Actively opposed Opposed not in office  until 2008 Supported Opposed Supported Actively Supported Actively supported
Reasonable proffers from developers so County taxpayers won’t bear all infrastructure costs (police, fire, roads, schools, etc) of new residential developmt: Supports Supports position unknown In October 2007,voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. Supports In October 2007,voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. In October 2007,voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. In October 2007,voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment.
Necessary road improvements to county and particularly his/her district in a timely manner: Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Mixed record, including many years of failure to build Linton Hall Rd improvements, though taxpayers approved funding for it in bond issue
High-quality commercial development: Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports Supports
2008-11 minimizes  dependence on  developer  campaign funding (<30%), to avoid conflicts of interest: Yes Yes No No No Yes No No