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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023

If you live in Louisa County, congratulations! You have the opportunity to vote in one of the few contested elections for boards of supervisors in central Virginia.

Christopher J. “Chris” Colsey, Greg D. Jones, Sr., and H. Manning Woodward, III are the three certified candidates seeking the open Louisa District seat on the seven-person board. Whoever wins the election will replace sitting member Eric Purcell, who announced in March that he would not seek re-election.

We sent questions to each of the candidates, based on more than 200 responses to a voter survey we did this summer. The responses tell voters a lot about each candidate — and, importantly, how they differ from one another.

And they do differ.

For example, when asked their positions on the county’s tax rate, given that property assessments rose some 15% in 2022, Colsey said that unused revenue should be refunded to taxpayers, Woodward said that the tax rate should be decreased, and Jones said the county should use the extra money to invest in infrastructure, schools and other county services.

The candidates also had differing views on the FEMA federal flood insurance program and solar energy farms. If you’re voting in the Louisa District, I strongly recommend you read the full questionnaire.

A colorful map of central Virginia.

Voter Guide: Q&A with three candidates running for one seat to represent the Louisa District on the Louisa County Board of Supervisors

The Louisa District Board of Supervisors seat is one of about 40 local races that are contested in central Virginia this year (out of the nearly 160 we are tracking). Here are a few others:

We are moving quickly to complete the Voter Guide by Nov. 7 with Q&As for each race that has a certified candidate. We’ll have sent out all the questionnaires by the end of this week, to the email addresses candidates listed when they registered. Candidates, please look out for a Charlottesville Tomorrow email from my colleague Aliyah Cotton.

If you are a certified candidate for a race in central Virginia and you’ve not yet returned our questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible! We will not accept answers once we’ve published a Q&A for a race out of fairness to the other candidates.

Have a great week, everyone!

Jessie Higgins, managing editor

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