Incumbent Democrat Brad Sheffield announced in early February that he would not seek a second term for the Rio seat.
Gallaway has filed paperwork for the seat with the State Board of Elections and is listed as a candidate on the Virginia Public Access Project’s page for Albemarle County.
Gallaway was elected as the county’s at-large School Board member in November 2011 and became that body’s chairman in January 2014. He ran for the Rio seat on the School Board in 2009 but lost to incumbent Pam Moynihan.
In 2015, he ran for Virginia’s 17th Senate District as a Democrat against Republican Bryce Reeves but was defeated by a 2-to-1 margin. Reeves raised more than $1 million to Gallaway’s $131,702 in the campaign.
Gallaway is general sales manager at Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville. He earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Ohio University and a Ph.D. from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
“Community leaders are facing governing challenges as never before,” McKeel said at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. “I believe in the strength that comes from a diverse community. [I believe in] protecting our environment, fiscal responsibility and the role of government as a catalyst for opportunity.”
McKeel ran as an independent in 2013 but said in an interview that she will seek the Democratic nomination this time around. She said her objectives in a second term would include expanding affordable housing, seeking public-private partnerships and growing local businesses. She previously served four terms on the School Board.
No other candidates for supervisor have filed with the State Board of Elections.
So far, there is only one contested race for the Albemarle County School Board. Western Albemarle High School student Julian Waters is challenging incumbent Graham Paige for the Samuel Miller seat.