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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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School Board passes $39.6 million budget for upcoming year
Expects previous year-end surplus of $400,000 to $700,000

During its Wednesday (June 14) meeting the Fluvanna County School Board passed its initial fiscal year 2018 budget of $39.6 million, which encompasses the 2018-2019 school year, but not without a bit of dissent.

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Fluvanna sailor killed in USS Fitzgerald collision

Many across America worried when they heard that the USS Fitzgerald, a 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer, had collided with the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship off the coast of Japan Saturday (June 17). Seven sailors were missing after the collision.

But in Palmyra the worry was more intense. Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, a Lake Monticello firefighter, was among the missing.

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