28 October 2015
With just days before the Nov. 3 election, the Palmyra district supervisor seat will soon be filled. Patricia Eager, 66, and John Gooch, 55, are vying for the spot vacated at the end of the year by Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch, who is not seeking re-election.
Chairperson Mozell Booker is also up for re-election in her district of Fork Union, but is running unopposed. Supervisors Tony O’Brien of the Rivanna district, Mike Sheridan of the Columbia district, and Don Weaver of the Cunningham district all have two years remaining in their terms.
The Fluvanna Review asked Eager and Gooch to share their thoughts with voters on some of the big issues facing the county.
Tell us about yourselves.
Patricia Eager: My husband, Minor, and I have four children and 10 wonderful grandchildren. We came to Fluvanna 30 years ago via Highland County from Brooklyn, New York. Minor is from central Virginia and always planned to return to farm. I was born in southwest Pennsylvania 66 years ago. I was raised in Lorain, Ohio, graduated from New York University and worked on Wall Street as a commodity broker and as a treasury finance trader. From the city to the farm, life is a great adventure!
John Gooch: I was born in Charlottesville and moved to Fluvanna when I was six to our family farm. My father served on the School Board and Board of Supervisors and my mother worked in the Fluvanna school system. Currently my sister is a teacher at the middle school. My wife, Andileen, and I both graduated from Fluvanna County High School (FCHS) as well as the University of Virginia. Both of my children, Sarah and Joshua, graduated from FCHS. Sarah graduated from Virginia Tech in architecture and Joshua graduated from Penn State as a meteorologist. I was part owner of an engineering business for 15 years, but I currently work as an estimator for Fielder’s Choice Enterprises, Inc. in Charlottesville. I attend Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Troy where I currently serve on the board of deacons. I have refereed basketball and umpired softball in Fluvanna and the surrounding counties.