08 November 2011
Fluvanna residents – who turned out in strong numbers to vote yesterday on a clear, warm fall day – chose one new supervisor and one incumbent supervisor.
Robert W. “Bob” Ullenbruch beat out incumbent John Young Gooch by 107 votes in the Palmyra District supervisor’s race, according to unofficial returns. Ullenbruch, who runs the Palmyra Country Store, received 627 votes to Gooch’s 520. Gooch, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, is also acting as the county administrator after Jay Scudder resigned.
“I think I won because people wanted a change,”’ said Ullenbruch.
Incumbent Mozell H. Booker defeated James Lee Tew by 634 to 527 to win the Fork Union District supervisor race. Booker touted her support for the controversial new high school which she called “much delayed” and also touted her efforts to complete a Comprehensive Plan and build the Kents Store fire station.
“It was a tough race,” she said. “I ran the race with the facts as positive as I could.”
Tew and Ullenbruch, attacked the incumbents for what they claimed was a leadership that left the county in a “fiscal mess” and especially for supporting the building of what they said was a overly expensive new high school.
In a very close race, incumbent Andrew M. “Mel” Sheridan Jr. won over Deborah A. Rittenhouse to stay on as the county’s Commissioner of the Revenue. Sheridan has served as the Commissioner of the Revenue for eight years.
Sheridan received 3,178 votes to Rittenhouse’s 2,756 votes.
Sheridan said, “I’m very thankful to the citizens of Fluvanna County for trusting me for another four years. In Fluvanna, I think it’s important to run a positive race.”
In the state senate race for the 22nd district seat, businessman Bert F. Dodson Jr. – a Democrat from Lynchburg – lost to Tom A. Garrett Jr., a Republican from Louisa County. The Associated Press called Garrett the winner at about 9 p.m.
In the 22nd District, Garrett garnered 55.23 percent of the vote with 84 of 85 of the precincts reporting. In Fluvanna Garrett got 3,638 votes and Dodson received 2,534 votes.
The newly created 22nd district includes all of Fluvanna County as well as all of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Goochland and Prince Edward counties and parts of Louisa County and Lynchburg.
Dodson, whose family owned pest control business employs over 500 people, promised to create more jobs in the district. Garrett is the Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney who called himself a “Cucciinelli conservative’’ in reference to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
In unopposed races in Fluvanna, those re-elected included Sheriff Ryant Washington, Treasurer Linda Lenherr and Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip. Also, in unopposed races Bertha Armstrong and Brenda Pace were elected to the school board. Robert Parrish and Tom Pratley were elected directors of the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District.
Photo by David Stemple
Fluvanna County 2011 election results