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Albemarle Supervisors Sworn In, Turn Board’s Political Majority

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left to right: Diantha McKeel, Brad Sheffield, and Liz Palmer left to right: Diantha McKeel, Brad Sheffield, and Liz Palmer
November's election night results saw Democratic candidates sweep their way onto the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. The winners were sworn into office Thursday afternoon.

This ceremony represents a change in the political leaning of the board, which now has a Democratic majority. Democrat Brad Sheffield is replacing Republican Rodney Thomas in the Rio District and Democrat Liz Palmer is replacing Republican Duane Snow for the Samuel Miller District. Diantha McKeel, an independent, beat fellow independent Phillip Seay to become the new Jack Jouett District supervisor.

A little more than a month has passed since Sheffield, Palmer and McKeel were elected. Now the three say they are excited to work through the issues facing Albemarle County.

"I think the county's budget will really dominate the next few months' discussions, especially our capital investments,” Sheffield said.

"If we're going to go forward with closing the Ivy landfill, and that's actually what's on my mind right now the most. It's the most pressing for my district right now,” Palmer said.

"We have challenges with our capital improvement program, we have challenges with our water, with our schools, with transportation. We have an urbanizing county and we're going to have to figure out where we're going to crossroads,” McKeel said.

Democrat Jane Dittmar was sworn in last month because of the special election held in the Scottsville District.

The new supervisors have a few more weeks to transition into their new roles. They will take part in their first meeting January 8.
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