Mike Hallahan is a born and raised Virginian. He has resided in Albemarle County for 41 years, and currently raises his three children there. Mike and his children live on his 135 acre farm along the James River that he purchased in 2003. He finished building his home there in 2008.
Mike is very concerned about maintaining the rights of private property owners and maintaining rural activities. He wants to keep farming affordable which means maintaining all land use programs. Mike wants to maintain hunting rights and would oppose any new restrictions on hunting or recreational shooting on rural properties.
Two of Mike’s children attend Walton Middle School and Scottsville Elementary, respectively, and his youngest will be starting Scottsville Elementary next fall. Mike has been involved over the years in the elementary schools and is very interested in maintaining the level of excellence that the county schools offer. He is looking forward to engaging with school personnel to make improvements in areas they recommend.
Mike has previously served his community for six years as a Civil Air Patrol Member, four years as a Volunteer Fire Fighter obtaining Firefighter 1 and first responder certifications (not currently active) with the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Deputy Sheriff for Albemarle and Greene Counties, and a Police Officer with the Albermarle County Police Department. He possessed law enforcement certification from 1994- 2002 and continued as an auxiliary deputy with the Highland County Sheriffs Office through 2011.
Mike graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a degree in Environmental Science. He has always had a history of being interested in the environment, even doing an independent study while in high school at the department of environmental science at the University of Virginia
Mike became an attorney without going to law school. He applied to the Virginia Law Reader Program in 1996. He apprenticed under Dayton Haugh (former Deputy Sheriff and Captain of the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad) from 1997-1999 He passed the bar in October of 2000 and started his own law practice in December of 2000 with a primary focus on criminal defense and traffic offenses which he still manages to this day. Mike has served more than eleven thousand clients. He is also a Guardian Ad Litem and speaks for children who are facing abuse, neglect, custody, and visitation issues.
Mike is a strong constitutionalist believing in our US and Virginia constitutions especially the importance of the 1st amendment, (right to free speech) second amendment, (right to bear arms) 4th amendment, (the basic right to privacy) and 5th/6th amendment, (right to an attorney). Mike represents any client that the court appoints him and he represents every client who walks through his door. Mike practices his belief in the right to representation by not turning away any client that seeks help. He does not believe in discriminating against anyone for any reason.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his three children, taking as many vacations as possible, hunting, target shooting, hiking, camping, kayaking, and four-wheeling. In the summer time, you can find him on the James River most weekends.
Mike is running for office because he has been encouraged by so many people to stop complaining about the problems in Albemarle county and actually do something about it. He believes Albemarle County needs to see change from its present course. There are no conservative or independent candidates on the current board of supervisors. Currently, six Democrats sit on the Board of Supervisors. Mike aims to balance that and is aiming to bring a new point of view to the board.
Mike feels the impression that people have is that the county is run behind closed doors and in private sessions where the voice of the people is not only ignored but not listened to. Mike believes that the county government is not its own entity but is there for the people and the people of the county should know everything that goes on inside the county office building. There is no excuse for clandestine or secret meetings, there should be no secrets from the people. There will be no secrets from the people when Mike is elected. Some government officials like to use the word “transparency” but the county will find out what that truly means once Mike is serving on the board.
Mike wants to see heavy growth in targeted areas. His idea of targeted areas does not overlap the county’s current master plan one hundred percent, but Mike does agree with some portions of it. Mikes main goal is to keep the majority of Albemarle County rural but close in to Charlottesville there needs to be a welcoming hand to new business, manufacturing and tech jobs. Mike believes we need to welcome business into the county and not arrogantly turn it away. For example, Mike would like to see the the business corridor down 29 south developed with business and manufacturing. Mike would also like to see development along the I-64 interchanges at exits 107, 118, 120, 121 ,124. He believes these areas need to be built up to give the county curb appeal, to give tourists a nice place to spend the night, eat and shop. Mike wants to see career jobs in manufacturing and technology come to the area, like so many have in Augusta County and the Zion Crossroads area, not simply minimum wage jobs in a retail store that may not be open ten years from now. He believes Exits 114 and 129 are rural areas of the county that are not appropriate for commercial development.
The business tax of neighboring Augusta county is half of Charlottesville and Albemarle, and Mike believes the county’s business tax needs to be cut. He believes the way to increase revenue is by encouraging new businesses and individuals to move to the area, and he will never support a tax increase of any kind for county citizens.
Mike would rather see the approximate 16 million dollars a year that is gifted to the city of Charlottesville in what he believes amounts to a ransom payment be spent in Albemarle Couty- Mike wants the revenue sharing agreement with the city revisited and wants to work with Richmond to have annexing laws changed.
Mike wants to talk to the base level employees in every county department such as fire fighters, planners, teachers, maintenance workers, and police officers to hear directly from them what their budget priorities are, rather than hearing from the department heads.
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Scottsville, VA 24590