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Nine elections in Charlottesville and Albemarle are uncontested
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Nine elections in Charlottesville and Albemarle are uncontested

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ANDREW SHURTLEFF, THE DAILY PROGRESS People walk past the ‘Official Ballot Drop Box’ located outside of the Albemarle County office building on Fifth Street.

The majority of local races in Albemarle County and Charlottesville will only have one name on the ballot Nov. 2.

Four out of the six local elections in Charlottesville are uncontested, while five out of six local elections in Albemarle are uncontested.

All polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

In Albemarle, three Board of Supervisors seats are all on unopposed on their respective ballots. Democrats Diantha McKeel of the Jack Jouett District and Ned Gallaway of the Rio District are seeking additional terms, while newcomer Jim Andrews, a retired physicist and attorney, is running as a Democrat for the Samuel Miller District seat.

McKeel, a now-retired clinical research coordinator, is seeking a third term. She was first elected in 2013 as an independent and previously had served on the county School Board for four terms.

At her announcement earlier this year, she said she wants to focus on connectivity, resilience and infrastructure.

Gallaway, a manager at CarLotz, was first elected to the board in 2017. He had previously served as the county’s at-large School Board member for one term.

Earlier this year, he said he wants to continue to prioritize public education, public safety and economic development.

Andrews, who attended the University of Virginia School of Law and moved back in 2017, said in the spring that his priorities are economic, environmental and social resilience.

Two of the Albemarle School Board members in the county up for re-election are uncontested. Kate Acuff, of the Jack Jouett District, and Katrina Callsen, of the Rio District, are seeking another four-year term on the seven-member board.

Acuff, who has a background in law, public health, science and policy, was first elected to the board in 2013 and is the longest-serving current board member. In an interview earlier this year, she said she would focus on a commitment to equity, which includes implementing the anti-racism policy, improving student achievement and providing needed supports for educators.

Callsen, who taught with Teach for America for two years, is a lawyer with the city of Charlottesville. She was first elected in 2017, and said earlier this year that her immediate focus in a second term would be on learning recovery and achievement.

Four Charlottesville elected officials are also seeking re-election and running unopposed; Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania, Sheriff James E. Brown, Commissioner of Revenue Todd Divers and Treasurer Jason Vandever. All are democrats, and all constitutional officer positions are for four years.

Platania was first elected in 2017 and won the Democratic nomination in June. He was previously assistant prosecutor.

Brown is seeking a fourth term as sheriff. Brown was raised in Charlottesville and was an Albemarle County Police Officer before becoming sheriff in 2010.

Vandever is seeking a third full term. A Charlottesville native, he spent five years as chief deputy treasurer. He won a special election in 2013 to become treasurer after then-treasurer Jennifer J. Brown retired, and won the general election later that year for his first full term.

Divers is seeking a third term. He taught civics and economics in Greene County Public Schools before working for Frontrunner Sign Studios.

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