Albemarle voters have elected Democrats Rick Randolph and Norman Dill as the two newest members of the county’s Board of Supervisors.
With all precincts reporting unofficial numbers, Randolph received 1,838 votes over Republican Earl Smith’s 1,378 in the Scottsville District. Dill received 2,051 votes over Republican Richard Lloyd’s 1,935 and independent Lawrence Gaughan’s 256 to become the Rivanna District’s newest supervisor.
“I’m really very honored by the decision of the voters to elect me to follow in Jane’s footsteps, and I am deeply appreciative of the team of volunteers who worked actively and selflessly to enable me to win this election,” Randolph said. “So without the support of the voters and without my team of volunteers, this victory would not have been possible.”
The Democratic candidates swept the election Tuesday for three open seats on Charlottesville’s City Council.
Randolph will take the place of outgoing Democratic Supervisor Jane Dittmar, who is running for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Smith said Randolph worked very hard on his campaign, but added that he was proud of what he was able to accomplish with his own campaign. Smith said he likely won’t run again for the Board of Supervisors or any other elected position in the county.
“I enjoy being behind the scenes a little bit more,” he said. “I can make more of an impact and inspire folks in my daily life than worrying about trying to be on the board or anything like that.”
Dill will take the place of outgoing Republican Supervisor Kenneth C. Boyd, who currently is the only Republican on the board.
“I’m feeling wonderful, especially since [in] the first three precincts that came up, I was behind, so I was starting to get worried,” Dill said. “And then we won, and I’m just thrilled here.”
Democratic Supervisor Ann H. Mallek was unopposed in the White Hall District race.
Randolph won two of the Scottsville District precincts — Cale and Stone-Robinson — as well as the majority of absentee votes. Smith won the Monticello and Scottsville precincts.
Dill only carried the Free Bridge precinct in the Rivanna District, but also picked up the majority of absentee ballots. Lloyd won the Keswick, Stony Point, Hollymead and Baker-Butler precincts.
Voter turnout Tuesday was low, which is common for an off-year election, officials said.
In the Scottsville District, the Virginia Department of Elections reported that 3,224 votes were cast for the Board of Supervisors race, although there are 10,857 registered voters, according to information from the county registrar’s office.
A total of 4,244 votes were cast in the Rivanna District Board of Supervisors race, while there are 12,504 registered voters in the district.
Tuesday’s winners’ terms will begin Jan. 1.
Complete coverage of Election Day 2015 in Central Virginia.