In Virginia, county school boards are composed of optional at-large members, plus one member from each district in that county. They are elected to four-year terms and serve as the leaders of the school district by setting the policies and hiring superintendents, among other duties. The Nelson County School Board has five members, one from each of its districts.

Shannon Rothgeb Powell is running unopposed to represent the West District on the Nelson County School Board. She is also the incumbent candidate; she was first elected to the board in 2019 after running unopposed. 

Rothgeb Powell is the only candidate certified by the Virginia Department of Elections, though voters can write-in other candidates. 

Charlottesville Tomorrow designed this questionnaire based on more than 200 responses we received to a voter survey. Rothgeb Powell did not respond to her questionnaire. 

More about the candidates for District 5 on the Nelson County Public Schools Board

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.


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