Diantha McKeel (I-Jack Jouett)
Independent Diantha McKeel is a candidate for the Jack Jouett District seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Four of the six seats on board will be determined in the November 5 election. Other candidates in this race include: Phillip Seay (I).
Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important quality of life issues. Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews (also available on iTunes).
Highlights of all the candidate responses are available in this downloadable 2013 Voter Guide.
Bio: I have been a resident of Albemarle County and the Jack Jouett District for 37 years, serving 16 years on the School Board in various leadership positions, including key committees with the Board of Supervisors. I offer experienced leadership in Albemarle County’s government and educational system and familiarity with the Capital Improvement Program and the annual budgetary process.
My experiences shape my guiding principles: inclusiveness, closing the opportunity gap, environmental protection, sensible use of taxpayer dollars, funding infrastructure and transportation, and citizen safety. My highest priority is for our citizens to have responsible open governance, recognizing their concerns and opinions.
Education: B.A., Bridgewater College (sociology/elementary teaching certification); LPN licensure, UVA; Certification of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)
Occupation: Clinical Research Coordinator
Previous Political Experience: Elected to 4 terms Albemarle County School Board (Chair 2 terms), receiving the Virginia School Board Association Award of Distinction; Charlottesville- Albemarle Technical Education Center Board (CATEC, Chair 3 terms); Albemarle Capital Improvement Oversight Committee; Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP)
Age on Election Day: 63
Neighborhood or area of residence: Canterbury Hills
Family: Two adult children, both graduates of Albemarle County Public Schools and Brody M. Beagle
Other interests and experiences: Albemarle County Citizens Police Academy Graduate; Canterbury Hills Neighborhood Association Board and Adopt-A-Highway Chairs; Charlottesville Municipal Band Fundraising Committee; John E. Baker Legacy Committee, the African American Teaching Fellows (AATF); Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement Committee (GRACE); Mental Health Association Board; Member and Flag Chair, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jack Jouett Chapter; reading, walking Brody, playing bridge, socializing with friends and family
Telephone: (434) 296-4931