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Now that the dust has settled over the Nov. 7 election, political junkies can enjoy poring over data reflecting how Fluvanna County voted.

The best approximation of voter turnout in Fluvanna is probably the governor’s race, which generated the most votes cast county-wide. About 51 percent of the county’s nearly 18,000 registered voters chose to cast a ballot for governor.

Joyce Pace, Fluvanna registrar, said that voter turnout in 2015, the last non-presidential election year, was 29 percent. In general, however, this year’s turnout was fairly typical for a non-presidential election with several local races.

Fluvanna voted Republican in all five non-local races: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, 58th District delegate and 65th District delegate. Statewide, Democrats prevailed in the first three races, but Fluvanna’s two incumbent Republican delegates retained their seats.

State races
Fluvanna went for Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for governor, by 52.7 percent. Democrat Ralph Northam, who took the race statewide with 53.9 percent of the vote, won only 46.3 percent of Fluvanna voters. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra earned less than 1 percent of Fluvanna’s vote.

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Running“Look at that,” Ivan Raiklin said as he rubbed his hand over the worn tread of his running shoe.  It’s not the first pair he’s worn down since late August.

Raiklin – a Green Beret, a start-up investor, and a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate – is running with a mission. He’s trying to bring awareness to the problem of veteran suicide by running 22 miles a day in recognition of the 22 veterans estimated to die by their own hand every day.

By running in all 95 Virginia counties and all 38 independent cities, he hopes to raise money from across the Commonwealth for those groups helping to combat this epidemic.

Arriving at Pleasant Grove on a recent Tuesday afternoon, he had just crossed 705 miles. He expected to reach 715 miles before stopping for the day.

Which left him 1,061 miles more to go.

The idea

Raiklin came up with the idea for his run back in March while attending the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

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Holding Weekly ReaderEight-year-old Eileen believed she could fly.

Eighty-two years later, her dream came true.

In 1935, Eileen von Hagn read an article in her Weekly Reader about Amelia Earhart. She vowed to be the next female flyer. But as with so many of our dreams, life got in the way.

One year after graduating in 1945 from Bogota High School in New Jersey, Eileen married William Lenherr. Together they had four children.When her husband retired from the Navy they bought a farm in Fluvanna. Life was good, until it wasn’t. Lenherr’s husband died at 47.

The recently widowed Jackie Kennedy was Lenherr’s role model – reserved and elegant.

“She had little John and my youngest was 3,” Lenherr said. “I decided I had to grab the bull by the horns and run with it.”

Lenherr did just that. She eventually sold the farm. She opened Li’l Folks Nursery School in Fork Union. Her grandson Ryan Pace remembered attending. Add a comment

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Stewart and Pullen win School Board races

Shirley Stewart (Rivanna) and Andrew Pullen (Columbia) won the two contested School Board seats tonight (Nov. 7) according to unofficial results from the Fluvanna County Clerk’s office. 

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O’Brien wins Rivanna supervisor seat

Tony O’Brien (I) has won re-election tonight (Nov. 7) to the Rivanna District seat on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors over challenger Darrell Byers (R).

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