Protests continue over Chesterfield chairman selection

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A large group protested at Wednesday night's Board of Supervisors meeting in Chesterfield.

Residents are upset that former Vice Chair James Holland wasn't named the county's first African-American chairman last month.

About forty people came to ask why tradition was broken and the vice chair wasn't put in charge.

Protestors say they have never received an explanation about why Holland was passed over and believe it's because he's a minority.

"What this message sends to us is, we're good enough to live here, shop here and spend our money here, but maybe not good enough to lead here. We want to know the qualifications, why Mr. Holland was passed over."

Protestors say only two people have ever served as vice chairman and not been elected chairman the following year, and both of those people were African-American.

Those in attendance say they will keep coming to board meetings until they get a full explanation.

Publicly, Holland has said he does not believe race played a role in his not getting the chairmanship.

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