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Darrell Byers and Tony O'BrienThe make up of Fluvanna’s top governing body may change after the Nov. 7 election.

Four candidates submitted the necessary paperwork by the June 13 deadline to appear on the ballot for Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Lake Monticello resident Darrell Byers is challenging incumbent Rivanna District Supervisor Tony O’Brien.

Current Supervisors Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District) are running unopposed.

Those who win the election will serve a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The Palmyra District seat, currently held by Supervisor Trish Eager, and the Fork Union District seat, currently held by Mozell Booker, will not open for another two years.

The Fluvanna Review asked the candidates to introduce themselves to voters and talk about their objectives for the next four years.
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Voters have a choice in the Rivanna and Columbia District School Board race.

Andrew Pullen and Linda Staiger registered as candidates for the Columbia seat being vacated by Camilla Washington.

Tyler Pieron and Shirley Stewart are both running for Carol Carr’s Rivanna District seat. Carr announced she was retiring from the School Board.

Charles Rittenhouse is running unopposed to retain his seat in the Cunningham District.

The election is Nov. 7.
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Not one of the four candidates Fluvanna embraced in the June 13 primaries won the statewide election.

Fluvanna voters embraced Tom Perriello (Democrat for governor), Corey Stewart (Republican for governor), Susan Platt (Democrat for lieutenant governor), and Bryce Reeves (Republican for lieutenant governor).

By contrast, the following candidates will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot: Ralph Northam (Democrat for governor), Ed Gillespie (Republican for governor, Justin Fairfax (Democrat for lieutenant governor), and Jill Vogel (Republican for lieutenant governor).

Only 20 percent of Fluvanna’s voters chose to participate in the primaries. Of the county’s nearly 18,000 registered voters, about 3,600 cast a vote.

Is Fluvanna Democratic or Republican?
Virginian voters do not register as Democrats or Republicans and are free to vote in either primary, but they must choose only one. The following section refers to votes cast in the governor race.
About 2,100 Fluvanna residents voted in the Democratic primary and about 1,500 cast ballots for Republicans.

In all precincts but one, Fluvanna residents chose to cast ballots for Democrats. Add a comment


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Residents urged to vote on pool, directors at annual meeting

What percentage of Lake Monticello’s population is over 65 and what percentage is below? Ask any five Lake residents and you’ll likely come away with five different answers.

Lake Monticello has traditionally been marketed as a gated haven for retirees and weekenders that is focused around amenities like golf and fishing.

Plus, said General Manager Catherine Neelley in an email, “The bulk of our volunteers are primarily retirees.” This includes the Board of Directors and members of the 15 standing committees governing the community.

This often leads to the sense that Lake Monticello is an older community into which younger people have moved in recent years, and that the number of retirees is consequently dropping.   

Yet a survey of U.S. Census records going back to 1990 shows that percentage of residents over the age of 65 has actually grown – not shrunk – over the past 27 years.

While data is not available for the first 16 years of the development, in 1990 the community became a “census-designated place,” with demographics compiled specifically on Lake Monticello. Lake Monticello does not compile its own demographic statistics.

That year, only 15.6 percent of Lake residents were 65 or over. By 2000, the figure had climbed to 18.2 percent. Today it’s 20.56 percent. Add a comment


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Reception for John ThompsonWhat’s that old saying about looking in a dictionary under (fill in the blank) and you’ll see a picture of (fill in the blank)?
It’s pretty much unanimous among those whose lives he’s touched that John Thompson’s photo can be found under: friendly, approachable, leader, knowledgeable and committed.

Thompson, Fluvanna’s agricultural agent at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office, has all those characteristics and more. Higher ups are rewarding Thompson’s hard work, dedication and diplomacy by promoting him to the position of Northern District director.

On Thursday (June 8) Thompson’s coworkers celebrated him with a reception. Scores went to the extension office in Fork Union to say goodbye and to enjoy refreshments.

Kim Mayo is Fluvanna’s 4-H agent. She has worked with Thompson since he first came to Fluvanna in 2005.

“I was a 4-H volunteer and he was the 4-H agent,” Mayo said. “What can I say? He has been wonderful to work with. It’s been real nice to have a partner who understands how important it is to involve children and how to get things done.”

Brittney Redmon just started working at the extension office a year ago. Redmon said Thompson has “great leadership skills” and praised “his guidance. His knowledge. He helps you to learn.”

Faye Anderson heads up the extension’s family nutrition program for adults.

“It has been a true pleasure working with John,” Anderson said. “When he first came, he fit right in. He was a fine young man who grew into a great leader. He truly cares and has a great heart for extension. He’ll make a fabulous district director. I’m sorry to see him go but I know he’ll do well.” Add a comment