At a forum earlier this month, the Republican candidate for the Bermuda district on the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors stated that he believes the members of the 80’s Board of Supervisors should be “shot”.
Jim Ingle, a project manager at RJ Smith is running to replace retiring GOP Supervisor, Dorothy Jaeckle.
Ingle and his Democratic opponent, Murtaza Khan, participated in a spur-of-the-moment forum that lasted close to two hours at Marguerite Christian Elementary School in southeast Chesterfield.
The September 3rd forum was focused on an upcoming Board vote to approve a large storage facility in the area for Carvana, which would include a 200,000-square-foot vehicle inspection facility and a paved parking lot to park 9,000 vehicles.
The land was zoned in the 80’s for an industrial park, meaning additional zoning work would be necessary for the Carvana project to move forward in this location.
Midway thru the discussion, a constituent of the district can be heard expressing her concerns over an industrial zone and residential area being built so close to each other when Ingle replies with: “The Board of Supervisors that passed that should be shot…”
Here is video of the exchange.
Multiple attendees of the event reached out to Richmond 2day to express their disapproval of the statement coming from an individual running to represent their community.
We confirmed with multiple attendees that Ingle did make the statement.
The debate-like forum was spur of the moment according to Khan, saying that was not the intention of the meeting.
Khan has been critical of the project and Ingle has said publicly that he has mixed-emotions about the project.
Richmond 2day reached out to Ingle for comment Monday afternoon, but we have yet to hear back.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear the case at its Sept. 25 meeting.
Richmond 2day recently asked Khan why he would be the best candidate to win this race, here was his response:
“As someone who has stood with the community time after time, people in Chesterfield know they can trust me. As the only candidate in this race refusing developer contributions, I can represent citizens without bias. For too long, Chesterfield has given wealthy developers special deals worth millions of dollars while expecting middle class homeowners to pay the bill. Giving special benefits to the wealthiest in our society while denying citizens basic services is one of the biggest injustices of our time. Community vision is what this race is about. The vision of the future belongs to the community, not to special interests.”