Democrats, Independent Elected to Albemarle Board of Supervisors
Albemarle County Board of Supervisors winners
In Albemarle County, the Democrats are realizing a big win. After Tuesday night’s vote, two Republicans are off the Board of Supervisors.
The race came down to the controversy over the Route 29 Western Bypass. In the Samuel Miller District, Democratic challenger Liz Palmer defeated Republican incumbent and bypass supporter Duane Snow 56 percent to 43 percent.
“I was not confident at all that we could pull this off but I knew that if we worked as hard as we could, we had a well-organized team, and everybody did their part - we could do it,” Palmer said.
In the Rio District, Democrat Brad Sheffield beat another bypass supporter, incumbent Rodney Thomas, by the same margin.
“I thought it would be tight, I thought it was going to be close, really, really neck and neck,” Sheffield said.
In the Jack Jouett District, independent Diantha McKeel easily defeated fellow independent Phillip Seay 70 percent to 29 percent. For the Scottsville seat, vacated by Chris Dumler, Democrat Jane Dittmar won the special election to beat Cindi Burket 57 percent to 42 percent.
“I was amazed that people came out to vote for me. I look forward to serving my community,” Dittmar said.
Now, the Democrats are celebrating their win and are looking forward to the future. The newly elected supervisors say they are ready to work on education, the economy and transportation.
Three out of the four new supervisors are against the bypass. Supervisor Ann Mallek has been against it, and Supervisor Ken Boyd is for it. It’s possible the board will revote on the issue in the New Year.
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