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McKeel, Dittmar Win Open Seats On County Board

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McKeel, Dittmar Win Open Seats On County Board

Women have won two open contests for seats on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. Diantha McKeel (pictured) rolled up big margins in her victory over fellow Independent Phillip Seay, and she will be the next supervisor for the Jack Jouett District. The longtime member of the Albemarle School Board will succeed Dennis Rooker. Rooker is retiring after winning three terms as an Independent. The Jack Jouett District has not had a supervisor who won the office with a party label since the late Opal David retired in 1977. In the Scottsville District’s special election, Democrat Jane Dittmar trailed in the early balloting but her totals in the Cale precinct provided the margin she needed to defeat Republican Cindi Burket. Dittmar will complete the term of fellow Democrat Chris Dumler, who resigned his seat in ealy June. Dittmar will be the first woman to represent the Scottsville seat since the late Ellen “Eenie” Nash, who won the seat in 1979.