Throughout Virginia, 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts are tasked with doing just what their name implies: conserving soil and water. They are staffed and governed by boards of directors.
On the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District Board — which covers Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties, and the city of Charlottesville —there are 12 members. Two directors are elected every four years from each locality, and two directors are appointed.
There is one certified candidate for two open seats on the board for Charlottesville. Joseph Thompson was appointed in 2016 and won an election in 2019.
Though Thompson is the only candidate certified by the Virginia Department of Elections, voters can write-in other candidates. In this case, because there are two open seats, the candidate with the most write-in votes (assuming they are qualified to serve) will be asked to join the board. If that person says no, or there is no qualified write-in winner, the board will seek a volunteer to appoint.
Charlottesville Tomorrow designed a questionnaire based on more than 200 responses we received to a voter survey. Thompson did not return answers.
More links about the Soil and Water Conservation District
As you get ready to vote, here are some key dates and links from the Virginia Department of Elections:
Polls in Virginia close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, night. The Virginia Department of Elections will publish election results in real time, as they arrive from precincts around the state. To view them, head to this link. These are unofficial results until they are certified. Here’s more about how to get election results.
- Sept. 22: First day of in-person early voting at your local registrar’s office.
- Oct. 16: Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration. You can also register after this date, and on election day, but you will vote with a provisional ballot, could take longer for officials to count because they will verify your eligibility.
- Oct. 27: Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you. Your request must be received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m.
- Oct. 28: Voter registration offices open for early voting.
- Nov. 4: The last day of in-person early voting at your registrar.
- Nov. 7: Election Day. Here is where you can find your polling place.
Need to know if you’re eligible to vote? Here are resources from the Virginia Department of Elections.