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Darrell Byers and Tony O'BrienThe make up of Fluvanna’s top governing body may change after the Nov. 7 election.

Four candidates submitted the necessary paperwork by the June 13 deadline to appear on the ballot for Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.

Lake Monticello resident Darrell Byers is challenging incumbent Rivanna District Supervisor Tony O’Brien.

Current Supervisors Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District) are running unopposed.

Those who win the election will serve a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021.

The Palmyra District seat, currently held by Supervisor Trish Eager, and the Fork Union District seat, currently held by Mozell Booker, will not open for another two years.

The Fluvanna Review asked the candidates to introduce themselves to voters and talk about their objectives for the next four years.
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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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Tournament championsThe weather was nearly perfect for golf on the weekend of June 10-11. Thirty member-guest teams were divided into five six-team flights. The combined handicap of the team members determined the teams’ flight. In each flight, teams played each other in nine-hole matches. Teams played three matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday for a total of 45 holes for the weekend. Under this format, each team plays a single match against all the other teams in the flight. Every hole counts one point for best gross score on the hole and one point for best net score.

Using this format every hole is important, as a team wins, loses, or halves a point in the gross and a point in the net on each and every hole. The outcome of a match can be determined on any hole. This can be shown by the fact that in determining which team went to the tournament ending shoot-out, in one flight, the difference in overall points between the teams in contention was one-half of a point. A single missed putt anywhere along the way could cost a team a half a point.

Each flight has a winning team for overall best gross score and a winning team for overall best net score. If one team has the top score in the gross and the net, the team with the second best net score is declared the net score winner in that flight, so that two teams in each flight are winners. After all the scores are tabulated, there is a shoot-out to determine the winning team for the entire tournament; one team from each flight goes into the shoot-out. In each flight, the overall score of the gross winner and the net winner are compared and the team with the highest total gross score and net score combined goes to the shoot-out. If this sounds complicated, it’s because it is. And it gets more complicated. Add a comment

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