Eminent Domain is Campaign Issue in Virginia
Assaults on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows local governments to seize homes or businesses for private development continued Monday as House of Delegates candidates pledged rewrites of state law.
Former Charlottesville Mayor David J. Toscano criticized the high court’s decision in Kelo v. City of New London and suggested legislation is needed to tighten Virginia’s legal definition of “public use.”
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Charlottesville Republi-can Tom McCrystal, who faces Toscano in the Nov. 8 election, said he has discussed the case with GOP legislative leaders and predicted quick action in the 2006 General Assembly session to undo the decision in Virginia law.
“I think it’s going to be dead very quickly,” McCrystal said. “We just need to set the rules prohibiting eminent domain for private use.… I think you will see a move afoot to see that that happens in January.”