Nelson County

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Nelson County is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. The 2010 Census counted 15,020 people, an increase of 4% since 2000. [1] The County seat is Lovingston.

The Weldon Cooper Center estimated the population on July 1, 2016 as 14,835. [2]

The Nelson County Planning Commission will revisit and update the Comprehensive Plan by June 2021. [3]

A key industry is tourism, which brought in $217.8 million in revenue in 2019. [4]

Pandemic response

The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission is administering a business grant program funded by the CARES Act. [5]

The Nelson School Board voted 3-2 on October 8, 2020 to remain in virtual learning through the end of the calendar year. [6]

Board of Supervisors

Comprehensive Plan

Election history


In the North District, incumbent Thomas D. Harvey defeated Democrat Mary Cunningham. Harvey is an independent.

In the Central District, incumbent Ernie Reed defeated Republican Pamela Brice. Reed is a Democrat.

Republican Jesse Rutherford faces no opposition in his bid for re-election to the East District. [8]

In the School Board race, North District incumbent Janet Turner-Giles is unopposed. Central District representative Margaret Clair will not run for an additional term. No has filed for that seat and there is no candidate for the East District. [8]


Robert "Skip" Barton defeated incumbent Larry D. Saunders for the South District seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Sheriff David W. Hill won re-election to a second term.

Treasurer Angie Hicks and Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Lee Rutherford won re-election.

Pamela C. Campbell became Commissioner of Revenue.


  1. Web. Analyzing area's growth will be key for future planning, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 5, 2011, retrieved February 9, 2011.
  2. Web. Virginia Population Estimates, Website, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, January 30, 2017, retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. Web. Nelson comprehensive plan update on county's to-do list, Justin Faulconer, News Article, January 29, 2020, retrieved January 31, 2020.
  4. Web. Nelson County earned about $217.8 million in tourism revenue in 2019, Michael Caldwell, News Article, CBS19, October 5, 2020, retrieved October 15, 2020.
  5. Web. Agenda Packet for October 1, 2020 TJPDC Meeting, Meeting Packet, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, retrieved September 26, 2020.
  6. Web. Nelson County Public Schools to remain in virtual format through end of semester, Nick Cropper, News Article, Lynchburg News and Advance, October, retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. Web. Consultant chosen for comprehensive plan update, Justin Faulconer, News Article, Lynchburg News and Advance, December 22, 2021, retrieved December 24, 2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Web. As filing deadline passes, field of candidates for local races takes shape, Nick Cropper, News Article, Lee Enterprises, Lynchburg, VA, June 16, 2021, retrieved June 17, 2021.

External links

Official site