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MapResidents of Fluvanna County will head to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 7) to select local and statewide leaders for the next two to four years.

Voters from all five of Fluvanna’s precincts will vote for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Term limits prevent Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) from running for re-election. Vying for his four-year spot in the governor’s mansion are current Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D), Ed Gillespie (R), and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

Running for lieutenant governor are Jill Vogel (R) and Justin Fairfax (D), while current Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and John Adams (R) vie for the attorney general spot. Lieutenant governors and attorney generals also serve four-year terms.

There are no referendums or constitutional amendments on the ballot this year.

But the five voting districts in Fluvanna face distinctly different races when it comes to local elections. Several spots on the Board of Supervisors and School Board are up for grabs.

Rivanna District
The Rivanna District encompasses much, but not all, of Lake Monticello. The district is entirely composed of Lake Monticello homes.
Current Rivanna Supervisor Tony O’Brien (I) faces a challenge from Darrell Byers (R).

Current Rivanna School Board representative, Chair Carol Tracy Carr, has chosen not to run for re-election. Vying for her spot are Tyler Pieron (I) and Shirley Stewart (I).

Rivanna belongs to the 58th District for Virginia representation. Current Delegate Rob Bell (R) faces a challenge from Kellen Squire (D). Delegates serve two-year terms.

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Cross countryThe Jefferson District held its year-end District meet Wednesday (Oct. 25) at Pleasant Grove, the Flying Flucos’ home course. In an incredibly close finish, the Fluco girls came out as the District champions, besting perennial powerhouse Western Albemarle High by a single point at 48-47. The result emphasizes how important it is in a team running event for all runners to perform to the best of their ability.

The finishing positions of each of the team’s top five runners are added to determine a team’s score.  For the Flucos Emily Smeds finished second, Saige Haney was fifth, Emily Beckman came in 11th, Hattie Lintecum was 12th and Kristen Cabrera was 17th. If any one of these athletes had been beaten by a Western Albemarle runner who finished behind her, the Flucos would not have claimed the title. In fact, Lintecum was one and a half second faster than a runner from Western Albemarle. If their 12th and 13th positions had been reversed the Flucos would have finished second.

By finishing in the top 15, Smeds, Haney, Beckman and Lintecom all made All-District. On the boys’ side, Jack Rice finished 11th and gained All-District honors.

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Fluco Cheer PyramidThe Fluvanna County gym was packed with spectators Thursday (Oct. 26) when the Fluco competition cheer squad hosted the 2017 Region 3C Cheer Competition.
Every team had an enthusiastic following, even though some of the competing schools are not nearby. Teams came to Fluvanna from the Fluco home district, the Jefferson District, and from the Valley District and the Seminole District of the Lynchburg area.

Seven squads competed, including the Broadway High Gobblers, the Brookville High Bees, the Fort Defiance Indians, the Monticello High Mustangs, the Rustburg High Devils and the Spotswood High Trailblazers. The Flucos qualified for the Region 3C competition by finishing a strong third in the Jefferson District competition which was held Oct. 18 at Powhatan High School.

All seven squads competed in the initial round, performing their individualized routines with typical high energy. There is no set number of competitors. The squads varied in number from 10 to 17. Most of the competing athletes were female, but one squad had two males competing and another had one.

The competition format called for four of the seven teams to move on to a second round of performances that would determine the Region champion. The judges evaluated each squad and rated its performance on five components. Fluco Coach Julia Hogue explained that squads are rated on pyramid, dance, tumbling cheer and stunt. Add a comment

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Tyler Pieron, Shirley StewartThe Rivanna District seat on the Fluvanna County School Board came up for grabs when current Board member Carol Carr decided not to run for re-election.

In order to give readers a comprehensive look at the two candidates, Tyler Pieron and Shirley Stewart, the Fluvanna Review asked them to answer the same questions asked last week of Columbia District candidates Andrew Pullen and Linda Staiger.

Voters in the Rivanna District will choose between Stewart and Pieron Nov. 7.

Tell us about yourself: where you grew up, your education, family and how long you’ve lived in Fluvanna.
Pieron: While I have always called Virginia home, my parents worked for the State Department, so we lived around the world, spending time in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. I spent my early years in various elementary schools both in Virginia when my parents were assigned to Washington, D.C., and the rest at American schools sponsored by the Embassy in places like Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

I attended high school at Mills Godwin in Henrico and then served in the military, where I earned a B.S. in information systems management from the University of Maryland University College. I later earned a Master’s in cybersecurity policy and am currently working on a Ph.D. in information assurance after receiving a scholarship and sabbatical from the director of national intelligence.
My wife, Claire, and I have three children and have always loved the area, so when I retired from the Army after getting hurt in Iraq, we chose a home near Zion Crossroads and later moved to Lake Monticello to be closer to her mother. We have been part of the Lake community for over a decade, with our children attending pre-school here along with taking part in sports and other activities.

Stewart: Born and raised in Rhode Island, I moved north after high school and received my bachelor’s degree and elementary teaching certification from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. After three years of teaching in a multi-age classroom in Randolph, Vt., I earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and returned to Randolph as a teacher and principal in rural schools, where I remained for over 30 years.

My husband, Alan, is a retired teacher and coach, and together we moved to Fluvanna in 2011. Our children attended the public schools where Alan and I worked, and have successful careers in Pittsburgh, New York City, and San Francisco. My mother, Fran Sadler, resides with us.

What three words best describe you?
Stewart: Collaborative, dedicated and perceptive.
Pieron: Compassionate, motivated and determined.

Before your candidacy, how many School Board meetings did you attend?
Pieron: I have been following School Board activities ever since I helped my good friend Brian Phillips, who I served with as a special agent with the Army Criminal Investigation Command, was elected to the Rivanna District seat in 2009. Prior to running, I met with or talked to several of the current School Board members to identify what they believed were the primary issues and what they proposed to solve them.

Stewart: None, although I planned with the past superintendent and School Board chair for two different yearly education sessions for the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program. Add a comment

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Thursday night (Oct. 19) marked the first official meeting of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Ad Hoc Committee on Aqua Virginia Rates.

During the hour-long meeting, chairperson Mike Harrison walked the five new committee members through a lengthy list of tasks to be accomplished over the coming weeks and months.

The LMOA Board of Directors approved the formation of the committee within hours of learning that Aqua Virginia was seeking a rate increase back in September. Harrison, who chaired the same committee during the last round of Aqua rate hikes in 2014 and 2015, was appointed to oversee this new effort.

Aqua has requested that the State Corporation Commission (SCC) approve an 11 percent increase in water rates and 5.4 percent increase in sewer rates, to reach a combined revenue increase of $1.9 million.

The company is also requesting permission to implement a water and wastewater infrastructure service charge (WWISC), a separate charge customers would pay to allow Aqua to recover its investments in repairing or replacing aging infrastructure. The company has not yet said how much this service charge would be, but Aqua Virginia President John Aulbach has previously said it would most likely be capped at about 10 percent of the average statewide monthly bill.

The SCC denied the request for the WWSIC in 2015 and Harrison said he is hopeful that community pressure can convince it to do so this time around. Add a comment

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