2017 election

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The general election for 2017 will be held on November 7. Two seats for Charlottesville City Council are up for election as are three seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Additionally, there are three seats open on the Charlottesville School Board and three seats on the Albemarle County School Board.


City Council

The terms of Councilors Bob Fenwick and Kristin Szakos expire at the end of 2017. Szakos will not seek a third term. [1]

Heather Hill announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on Feb 21. [2] Amy Laufer announced on Feb. 28. [3]

Fenwick has not yet made a decision. [citation needed]

Independent Dale Woodson has also filed paperwork. [4]

Independent Nikuyah Walker will announce her candidacy on March 14, 2017. [citation needed]

The Democratic primary will be held on June 13.


Heather Hill's Feb. 21 campaign announcement

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Amy Laufer's Feb. 28 campaign announcement

<play audio>http://s3.amazonaws.com/cville/cm%2Fmutlimedia%2F20170228-Laufer.MP3 </play audio>

School Board

The Charlottesville School Board seats held by Ned Michie, Leah Puryear and Juandiego Wade are up for election in 2017.

Albemarle County

In Albemarle County, the Jack Jouett, Rio and Samuel Miller magisterial seats are up for re-election.

Jack Jouett District


Incumbent supervisor Diantha McKeel announced she will seek a second term on the board on March 1, 2017. [5]

School Board

Incumbent school board member Kate Acuff will seek a second term on the board.

Rio District


Incumbent supervisor Brad Sheffield, a Democrat, is not seeking a second term. No candidates have emerged. Ned Gallaway will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 8. [5]

School Board

School board member Pam Moynihan has announced she will not run for another term. Mary McIntyre is running for office for the first time as a candidate for the Rio District seat. [6]

Samuel Miller District


John Lowry announced his campaign for the Republican nomination on February 23, 2017. [7]

<play audio>http://s3.amazonaws.com/cville/cm%2Fmutlimedia%2F20170223-Lowry-Announcement.MP3 </play audio>

Incumbent Liz Palmer will seek another term but has not made a formal announcement.

School Board

Graham Paige will seek a full four-year term on the school board. He is being challenged by Julian Waters, a student at Western Albemarle High School. [citation needed]


  1. Web. Szakos won’t seek third term on City Council, Lisa Provence, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, January 17, 2017, retrieved January 27, 2016. Print. January 17, 2017 .
  2. Web. Heather Hill Charlottesville City Council campaign kickoff, Aaron Richardson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 21, 2017, retrieved February 24, 2017.
  3. Web. Laufer launches campaign for Charlottesville City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 28, 2017, retrieved February 28, 2017.
  4. Web. Independent files for Charlottesville City Council run, Aaron Richardson and Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved March 2, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Gallaway to seek Rio seat on Board of Supervisors, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 3, 2017, retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. Web. Mary McIntyre begins campaign for country School Board, Josh Mandell, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 13, 2017, retrieved March 6, 2017.
  7. Web. seat/ Lowry begins second run for Samuel Miller seat, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, February 23, 2017, retrieved February 23, 2017.