Rivanna Sponsors Candidate Forum

Rivanna held a candidate forum for three positions on the Democratic Party Primary ballot on June 11:

State Senate District 17 – Amy Laufer and Ben Hixon

House of Delegates District 57 – Sally Hudson and Kathy Galvin

Rivanna member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors – Jerrod Smith and Bea LaPisto Kirtley.

(Unfortunately, we did not have time for the position of County Sheriff, with candidates Chan Bryant and Patrick Estes.)

Each candidate summarized their background and stated their positions on key issues in response to questions from the audience.

A total of about 70 people attended at least one segment of the program. You can see a very good video report on nbc29.com. (PLEASE NOTE: This will be available only until about May 25.)

You will find a Daily Progress article on the Board of Supervisors segment at this link:


It was an informative, educational, and enjoyable afternoon. The candidates were impressive and the audience was very appreciative.


Primaries are key elements of the Election cycle, and unfortunately are frequently neglected. Voter turnout is typically low. Voting on June 11 is especially importantfor the House of Delegates seat because there will be no Republican on the ballot in November, and most probably no Independents. Whoever wins this Primary is almost certain to be the next House of Delegates member for parts of the County around Charlottesville and the City itself.


can be found on their websites shown below.

State Senate 17thDistrict

Ben Hixon – benhixon.com
Amy Laufer – lauferforvirginia.com

House of Delegates 57thDistrict

Kathy Galvin – galvinfordelegate.com
Sally Hudson – sallyforvirginia.com

Rivanna Member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

Bea LaPisto Kirtley- beaforalbemarle.com
Jerrod Smith – smithforbos.com

Albemarle County Sheriff

Chan Bryant- chanforsheriff.com
Patrick Estes- estesforsheriff.com 


  • To register or update an existing registration: Monday, May 20, 2019.
  • To request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5PM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
  • To vote in-person absentee: Saturday, June 8, 2019

For complete information on your Voter Registration, where to vote or to determine your District for both the Senate and the House log onto the Virginia Department of Elections website at elections.virginia.gov or contact the Albemarle County Registrar’s Office.  The phone number is 434-972-4173.  They are located at the 5thStreet County Office Building, 1600 5thStreet, Charlottesville, VA  22902.   Their normal hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they will also be open on Saturday, June 8th.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors for the Spring Fundraiser featuring Mayor Lavar Stoney:

Richard Brewer

Ellen & Bob Beard * Chan Bryant * Creigh Deeds * Barbara Fried
Jim Hingeley for Commonwealth Attorney * Jill & Thomas Hodges
Sally for Virginia * Ann & Dennis Rooker


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Nanette & Jonno Alcaro
Diana & Melvin Burruss
Katrina & Gilman Callsen
Alice & Jon Cannon
Valerie & Ken Chasin
Pat & Madison Cummings
Norman Dill
Patrick Estes
Diana Foster & Tom Jones
Cheryl & John Gaughen
Alyssa Hart
Mitty & Will Harvey
Beth & Tim Hickey
John Hickey
Britton & Ken Horne
Roger Dean Huffstetler
Tracy & David Kaminer
Bea Kirtley
Bill Love[/column]

[column col=”1/2″]Dianne Martin & Rich Olin
Diantha McKeel
Cynthia Neff
Wren & Tom Olivier
Graham Paige
Liz Palmer
Susan & L.F. Payne
Donna Price
Ric Randolph
Judy Rasmussen
Marjorie & John Shepherd
Phyllis Koch-Sheras & Peter Sheras
Diane & Marty Silverman
Jerrod Smith Campaign
David Toscano
Lynda White
Mary Ellen & Richard Williams
Becky Williams & Liz Browne
Jon & Cindy Zug [/column]

Statement on Gov Northam

Albemarle County Democratic Committee Calls On Governor Northam To Step Down



The Albemarle County Democratic Committee released the following statement regarding recent events involving Governor Ralph Northam: “We join with the statements of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Senate Democratic Caucus, the House Democratic Caucus and the Democratic Party of Virginia. Continue reading

Albemarle Students Win James and Nellie Butler Scholarships

Three area high school seniors received the James and Nellie Butler Scholarships on Awards Night at their respective schools. Sponsored by the Albemarle County Democratic Party, this award is given in memory of the Butlers and to honor their dedication to community service and public education. James Butler was the first African American elected to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. He was a strong advocate for quality education in our schools, and helped establish CATEC. Nellie Butler taught technical education, was a leader in 4-H and Girl Scouts, and like her husband, worked diligently to promote voter registration and civic engagement. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students based on academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to service to community.

At Albemarle High School, the Butler Scholarship went to Hannah Woodward. Hannah will enter the University of Virginia in the fall with plans to study physics. She was part of the MESA program at Albemarle. Hannah volunteered through the AHS Key Club and National Honor Society, and the Appalachian Service Project, and aspires to connect scientific research and public policy.

Mason Ancona received the Butler Scholarship at Western Albemarle High School. Mason has mentored younger students on the importance of the environment that sustains and enriches our lives. He wants to study engineering or architecture to develop buildings with smaller environmental footprints. He will enter Virginia Tech this fall.

The Monticello High School student awarded the Butler Scholarship is Lucas Johnson. Lucas will study Public Policy at Bowdoin College this fall. The co-founder of the student-staffed Albemarle County Mental Health Policy Council and the also the founder of a local non-profit focused on global health issues, Lucas also served as the Virginia Political Director of the High School Democrats of America.

The James and Nellie Butler Scholarship is awarded annually. High School seniors are encouraged to apply after January through the Albemarle County Democratic Party website: albemarledems.org.