I'm proud to say that I have not missed voting in a local, city, state or federal election in my entire adult life. I learned from my immigrant father that it was our right and responsibility to participate in our electoral democracy. Having a vote means being aware of issues and candidates on the ballot.

On June 11 in the Democratic primary, I will be casting my vote for Bea LaPisto-Kirtley, candidate for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Rivanna area. I know that Bea has the professional experiences and personal skill set to successfully fill the supervisor’s role.

I have known Bea for over 30 years as a career educator, an elected official, a state committee member, a community volunteer and a child advocate.

Bea and I worked together as teachers, coordinators, assistant principals, principals and senior staff in the country's second-largest school system. We served diverse communities with tremendous needs and challenges where accountability was paramount. Bea was always well-prepared, articulate and collaborative and shared a vision that we were there to serve children and their families.

She handled difficult situations with tact, a willingness to listen and the ability to solve problems. Her mediation skills and other attributes were utilized in her capacity on city council and mayoral duties, as well as a member on the state's Air Management Board.

Now as a retiree and CASA volunteer (Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates), she advocates for children in our court system and participates in numerous organizations benefiting our community.

Bea is a friendly, tireless, energetic and enthusiastic individual whom I am proud to know and support.

She will make a difference in the Rivanna area. If you live in her district, please vote for Bea LaPisto-Kirtley for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Richard A. Alonzo, Albemarle County

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