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Central Virginia voters will pick party nominees for local and state races in a flurry of primaries Tuesday.

Virginia doesn’t require voters to register by political party, so anyone can vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries.


A high-profile race in Charlottesville will be the Democratic primary for the City Council.

Five candidates are seeking one of three nominations to be on the ballot in November.

The candidates are former Councilor Bob Fenwick; Sena Magill, a member of the board of the Region Ten Community Services Board; local activist Michael Payne; Brian Pinkston, a project manager at the University of Virginia; and defense attorney Lloyd Snook.

Voters can choose as many as three candidates in the primary, but can select fewer if they want. The three candidates with the most votes will move on to the general election.

No Republicans have announced a run for City Council. Tuesday is the deadline for independent candidates to file the proper paperwork to get on the November ballot. Three independents have announced they are running.

Albemarle County

Two Democrats will compete for the party nomination for the Rivanna District on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

The seat covers the county area mostly northeast of Charlottesville, including Pantops and Keswick.

The candidates are Bea LaPisto Kirtley, a Virginia native who moved to Keswick in 2007, a former city councilor and mayor pro tem of Bradbury, California, and a former teacher, principal and director of the Los Angeles Unified School District; and Jerrod Smith, a grant analyst at PRA Health Sciences who serves on the county’s Places29 North Community Advisory Committee.

Two Democrats are seeking the nomination for county sheriff.

Chief Deputy Chan Bryant is facing Patrick Estes, the regional director for RMC Events and a former UVa football player.

House of Delegates

The 57th and 20th District seats in the House of Delegates will feature primaries on Tuesday. Dels. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, and Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, are not seeking re-election to those seats, respectively.

The 57th District includes Charlottesville and parts of the urban ring of Albemarle County.

Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin will face UVa professor Sally Hudson in a Democratic primary for the 57th.

No Republicans or third-party candidates have announced plans to run for the seat.

The 20th District includes Highland County, Staunton, Waynesboro and parts of Nelson and Augusta counties.

Two Republicans will face off for the party’s nomination for that seat: former Staunton Mayor John Avoli and Verona bail bondsman Dave Bourne.

The winner will face Democrat Jennifer Lewis in the November election.


Three primaries will be held for two local seats in the Virginia Senate.

The 17th Senate District covers part of Albemarle, Culpeper, Spotsylvania and Louisa counties and all of Orange County and Fredericksburg.

Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, who is in his second term, is seeking re-election. He is chairman of the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.

Spotsylvania resident Rich Breeden, vice president of Kingfisher Systems Inc., is challenging Reeves for the GOP nomination.

Democrats also will decide their nominee for the 17th District seat Tuesday. Former Charlottesville School Board member Amy Laufer will compete with computer analyst Ben Hixon for the party nomination.

Another Senate Republican is facing a primary challenge, in the 24th Senate District, which covers all of Madison, Greene and Augusta counties, Staunton, Waynesboro and parts of Rockingham and Culpeper counties.

Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, is co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee and one of the Senate’s longest-serving and most powerful Republicans.

The GOP narrowly holds a 21-19 majority in the Senate and Hanger has been a swing vote on certain gun control and health care votes.

Hanger is being challenged by Tina Freitas, a community volunteer and the wife of Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper.

The primary winner will face Democrat Annette Hyde, a Madison yoga teacher, in November.

Voting information

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as voters are in line by 7 p.m., they will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Voters need to bring a photo ID.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny so area voters don’t have to worry about bringing an umbrella to their polling place.

For a list of precincts in the city, visit tinyurl.com/cityvoting.

For Albemarle precincts, visit tinyurl.com/countyvoting.

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