Since the 2011 election, the Scottsville District has had three representatives to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors: convicted sexual batterer Chris Dumler, four-month interim-supe Petie Craddock and former Chamber of Commerce president and mediation company founder Jane Dittmar. Now the district is looking at a fourth, because Dittmar announced she won’t seek another term in November.
In a two-page release on April 30, Dittmar, who is chair of the board, highlighted the accomplishments of her two-year stint, including continuing the Acquisition of Easements program, working with legislators to eventually provide affordable broadband to the rural areas of Albemarle and keeping property taxes as low as possible.
Dittmar’s demurral caused some dismay in Scottsville. “I was so hurt she’s not running because she’s paid so much attention to our little town,” said Town Councilor Jeannette Kerlin. “She’s taken an active interest in us. The next person has big shoes to fill.”
“I am confident that there is a good bench of willing leadership in the Scottsville District and I will work for a seamless passing of the baton to the people’s choice for our next Scottsville Magisterial supervisor,” said Dittmar in her announcement.
And indeed, a day later, Planning Commissioner Rick Randolph, who owns a consulting business and a home repair business, said he was in the race, and Dittmar introduced him at his official campaign kickoff.
In the Rivanna District, where Dem Norman Dill and Independent Lawrence Gaughan have said they’re running for Ken Boyd’s seat, Republican Richard Lloyd said he will soon announce his candidacy.
Over on the Albemarle School Board, in a brief announcement, Barbara Massie Mouly said May 1 that after almost 12 years on the board, she will not seek a fourth term representing the White Hall District. She said she wants to spend more time in legal scholarship and teaching.
The school board just lost Samuel Miller rep Eric Strucko, who abruptly resigned to take a job starting June 1 as associate VP of finance and business at Penn State.
And at-large member and chair Ned Gallaway will not seek a second term and instead will challenge Republican state Senator Bryce Reeves for the 17th Senate District. Gallaway is the sales manager at BMW of Charlottesville and holds a doctorate from UVA’s Curry School of Education.