Another Democratic candidate has announced a campaign for the Rivanna District seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
On Wednesday, Bea LaPisto Kirtley will launch her campaign, setting the stage for a June primary against fellow Democrat Jerrod Smith. The current Rivanna representative, Norman Dill, said at the beginning of the month that he is not running for re-election.
LaPisto Kirtley is a Virginia native who moved to Keswick with her husband, Ben Kirtley, in 2007. She previously served as a city councilor and mayor pro tem in Bradbury, California; as a teacher, principal and director for the Los Angeles Unified School District; and on the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District and several other local government boards.
“I’ve just always believed in giving back wherever we lived,” she said Monday. “This is a paradise; let’s keep it that way.”
Since retirement, LaPisto Kirtley has volunteered and fundraised for local nonprofits, including Hospice of the Piedmont and 100+ Women Who Care. She has been a volunteer for the local Court-Appointed Special Advocates for four years.
LaPisto Kirtley said that if elected to the Board of Supervisors, she will focus on increasing broadband access in the area; improving transportation and easing congestion; addressing affordable housing; supporting health care; and helping Albemarle schools.
“We need to address the needs of those in need,” she said. “And if you don’t have an educated populace, if you don’t do a good job educating kids, nothing else matters.”
She also stressed her belief that local governments need to have strong environmental protection policies and deliver public safety services to residents.
“That’s something that’s really important to rural residents, having a strong fire department,” she said, praising her local Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company.
In October, the board said it would prioritize the development of a climate action plan.
LaPisto Kirtley holds a master’s degree in school management and administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
Her campaign announcement will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at the Albemarle County Office Building-McIntire.
Supervisor Ann H. Mallek, of the White Hall District, is seeking another term. Scottsville District Supervisor Rick Randolph has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election.