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MapResidents of Fluvanna County will head to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 7) to select local and statewide leaders for the next two to four years.

Voters from all five of Fluvanna’s precincts will vote for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Term limits prevent Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) from running for re-election. Vying for his four-year spot in the governor’s mansion are current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Ed Gillespie (R), and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

Running for lieutenant governor are Jill Vogel (R) and Justin Fairfax (D), while current Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and John Adams (R) vie for the attorney general spot. Lieutenant governors and attorney generals also serve four-year terms.

There are no referendums or constitutional amendments on the ballot this year.

But the five voting districts in Fluvanna face distinctly different races when it comes to local elections. Several spots on the Board of Supervisors and School Board are up for grabs.

Rivanna District
The Rivanna District encompasses much, but not all, of Lake Monticello. The district is entirely composed of Lake Monticello homes.
Current Rivanna Supervisor Tony O’Brien (I) faces a challenge from Darrell Byers (R).

Current Rivanna School Board representative, Chair Carol Tracy Carr, has chosen not to run for re-election. Vying for her spot are Tyler Pieron (I) and Shirley Stewart (I).

Rivanna belongs to the 58th District for Virginia representation. Current Delegate Rob Bell (R) faces a challenge from Kellen Squire (D). Delegates serve two-year terms.

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Town halls expose concerns about Lake pool design

The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) recently unveiled its concept drawing for the community's new $900,000 pool complex, but not everyone is pleased with the proposed design. At two town hall meetings in late October, residents raised concerns about safety, usability, and the project's timeline.

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Tyler Pieron, Shirley StewartThe Rivanna District seat on the Fluvanna County School Board came up for grabs when current Board member Carol Carr decided not to run for re-election.

In order to give readers a comprehensive look at the two candidates, Tyler Pieron and Shirley Stewart, the Fluvanna Review asked them to answer the same questions asked last week of Columbia District candidates Andrew Pullen and Linda Staiger.

Voters in the Rivanna District will choose between Stewart and Pieron Nov. 7.

Tell us about yourself: where you grew up, your education, family and how long you’ve lived in Fluvanna.
Pieron: While I have always called Virginia home, my parents worked for the State Department, so we lived around the world, spending time in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. I spent my early years in various elementary schools both in Virginia when my parents were assigned to Washington, D.C., and the rest at American schools sponsored by the Embassy in places like Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

I attended high school at Mills Godwin in Henrico and then served in the military, where I earned a B.S. in information systems management from the University of Maryland University College. I later earned a Master’s in cybersecurity policy and am currently working on a Ph.D. in information assurance after receiving a scholarship and sabbatical from the director of national intelligence.
My wife, Claire, and I have three children and have always loved the area, so when I retired from the Army after getting hurt in Iraq, we chose a home near Zion Crossroads and later moved to Lake Monticello to be closer to her mother. We have been part of the Lake community for over a decade, with our children attending pre-school here along with taking part in sports and other activities.

Stewart: Born and raised in Rhode Island, I moved north after high school and received my bachelor’s degree and elementary teaching certification from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. After three years of teaching in a multi-age classroom in Randolph, Vt., I earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and returned to Randolph as a teacher and principal in rural schools, where I remained for over 30 years.

My husband, Alan, is a retired teacher and coach, and together we moved to Fluvanna in 2011. Our children attended the public schools where Alan and I worked, and have successful careers in Pittsburgh, New York City, and San Francisco. My mother, Fran Sadler, resides with us.

What three words best describe you?
Stewart: Collaborative, dedicated and perceptive.
Pieron: Compassionate, motivated and determined.

Before your candidacy, how many School Board meetings did you attend?
Pieron: I have been following School Board activities ever since I helped my good friend Brian Phillips, who I served with as a special agent with the Army Criminal Investigation Command, was elected to the Rivanna District seat in 2009. Prior to running, I met with or talked to several of the current School Board members to identify what they believed were the primary issues and what they proposed to solve them.

Stewart: None, although I planned with the past superintendent and School Board chair for two different yearly education sessions for the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program. Add a comment

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Pedestrian killed

A pedestrian who was struck on Kents Store Way Monday evening (Oct. 23) has died from his injuries, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.

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Former Columbia School will become K9 training facility

The two-year saga to sell to two closed Fluvanna County school buildings finally came to an end Wednesday (Oct. 18) as the Board of Supervisors approved the sale of the former Columbia Elementary School to Rivanna K9 Services for $85,000.

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