Republicans won’t challenge McKeel in Jack Jouett
by Sean Tubbs | Monday, June 03, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.
The Albemarle Republican Committee did not recruit a candidate to challenge independent Diantha McKeel in the race to represent the Jack Jouett District on the Board of Supervisors.
Party rules indicate that the caucus is to be canceled if only one candidate files paperwork before late May.
“That has happened and our candidates are Duane E. Snow for the Samuel Miller District and Rodney Thomas for the Rio District,” read an announcement from Cindi Burket, chairwoman of the Albemarle Republicans.
Both men are seeking their second terms. An email to party members announced that a rally will be held in the near future to begin the campaign season.
Burket could not be reached for further comment.
McKeel announced her candidacy in April after Dennis S. Rooker announced he would not seek a fourth term. She was first elected to the county School Board in 1997, a race that was also uncontested.
McKeel’s name will be the only one of the ballot unless another independent candidate comes forward. Would-be candidates have until June 11 to submit an application and a petition with125 signatures to the Albemarle County registrar.
Snow will face Liz Palmer, who was nominated by the Albemarle Democrats earlier this spring. Palmer is a member of the Albemarle County Service Authority.
Brad Sheffield is Thomas’ Democratic opponent. He is the assistant director of the JAUNT paratransit service.
Democrats opted not to challenge McKeel for the seat.
“Many Democrats are very pleased with Diantha's performance on the School Board and believe that she is a great candidate for the Board of Supervisors,” said Richard Brewer, chairman of the Albemarle Democratic Committee.
McKeel could not be reached for comment.
A candidate has come forward to replace McKeel on the School Board.
Katherine Lee Acuff is an attorney with a doctorate in public health who serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America / Charlottesville-Albemarle. She expects to complete her paperwork for the non-partisan School Board seat later this week.
The general election is on Nov. 5.
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