By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
PALMYRA — A slight shift in the political landscape, Mike Sheridan and Tony O’Brien have won their respective elections to serve on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
The biggest surprise of the night was O’Brien’s sizable victory of 321 votes over Republican candidate Rick Kelly in the Rivanna District. The seat is currently held by Joe Chesser who did not run.
O’Brien campaigned on infrastructure investments to attract businesses. Kelly took a more conservative approach to growing the business community and finding what Kelly deemed ‘fat’ in the budget. Kelly had support of local Republicans including delegate Rob Bell.
O’Brien had strong support of Focus on Fluvanna’s Future group. Many members of the group hosted campaign events for O’Brien who is a senior partner of a Charlottesville business, Helix Systems.
Sheridan, a school teacher, beat Elizabeth Franklin in the Columbia District. Sheridan captured 58 percent of the vote with over 1,200 votes placed. Shaun Kenney currently serves the district and did not run.
Sheridan grew up in the county. His brother is the Commissioner of Revenue but this is Mike’s first campaign.
In the other Board of Supervisors race was Cunningham District. Don Weaver (Republican) ran unopposed.
The only contested School Board race was Cunningham. Charles Rittenhouse beat William Hughes for the second consecutive year. This will be Rittenhouse’s first full term after both candidates served one years to fulfill the term for the late Doug Johnson.
Camilla Washington beat write-in candidate Claudia Thomas in the Columbia District. Carol Tracy Carr won the Rivanna District in her uncontested race.
All elected candidates terms will begin Jan. 1, 2014 for four years.
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