Contested Albemarle County Elections – Good For Everybody

Local elections matter.

There are six seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors; at least two will be contested this year. Every race should always be contested, so thanks to those who are volunteering to run for seat that pay $14,542 per year.

Jack Jouett – retiring Dennis Rooker has anointed School Board Rep Diantha McKeel as his successor.

Samuel MillerLiz Palmer, board member for Albemarle County Service Authority, will be running against incumbent Duane Snow

Rio DistrictUrban and Environmental planner Brad Sheffield will run again incumbent Rodney Thomas.

To my eye, the announced races seem to be very much managed-growth (challengers) versus not-so-well-managed-growth (incumbents).

Pay attention, folks. Albemarle County is (and has been for years) at a crossroads. Think less of the “Austin or Aspen or Arlington ” debate and more of the “Loudoun County or Albemarle County” debate.

Get ready as well to follow the money at VPAP, the Virginia Public Access Project.

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  1. Stormy April 25, 2013 at 15:30

    Also good that the GOP found two candidates for City Council. They may get trounced, but would be good to have other voices in the conversation.

    1. Jim Duncan April 25, 2013 at 16:42

      Agreed. It’s turning out to be an interesting year. I’m looking forward to see who runs against Diantha McKeel … should be a fun election season.


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