CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Democratic officials in Albemarle County and Charlottesville are calling for the resignation of a county supervisor who pleaded guilty to sexual battery.
Media outlets report that the Albemarle County Democratic Party and the Charlottesville Democratic Executive Committee issued separate statements Sunday night urging Christopher Dumler to step down. The county party also said it has removed Dumler from the county Democratic Executive Committee.
Dumler has said he won't resign but he might not seek a second term.
“Mr. Dumler has accomplished much good work on behalf of the citizens of the Scottsville District and of Albemarle County. However, the behavior for which Mr. Dumler has accepted responsibility does not reflect Democratic values and standards, nor the standard to which we hold our elected officials. We cannot support his continued service,” the county party said in its statement.
The Charlottesville committee said the region is “closely-knit” and residents, including those in Charlottesville, rely on an effectively functioning county government.
“As Democrats of Charlottesville, we stand for the fair treatment of all, abhor all forms of sexual exploitation and strongly support the Violence Against Women Act,” the Charlottesville committee said in its statement. “We find it inappropriate for someone who has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual battery to hold the office of supervisor in our neighboring county.”
Last month, the Board of Supervisors censured Dumler and also asked him to resign. He abstained from both votes.
Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville and the minority leader in the House of Delegates, also has called for Dumler's resignation.
Dumler pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in January in Albemarle County General District Court. He originally was charged with forcible sodomy, a felony. He received a 30-day jail sentence and issued a public apology to the victim.
On Feb. 16, a small group of protesters crashed a joint Charlottesville and Albemarle County Democratic breakfast and called for Dumler to step down. Dumler had been scheduled to attend but he canceled his appearance after receiving a death threat.
Earl Smith of Scottsville started a recall petition to remove Dumler from office.