Gallaway to seek second term to represent Rio District on Albemarle Board

Ned Gallaway has announced he will seek a second term to represent the Rio District on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. Gallaway was first elected in 2017 as a Democrat after running unopposed. 

“Four years ago when I ran, I said that my priorities would be public education, public safety and economic development and I feel that after four budgets and many votes that I have stayed true or focused on those priorities,” Gallaway said. 

Gallaway said highlights of the last four years have been adoption of the Project Enable economic development planadoption of the Rio and 29 Small Area Plan, and passage of the Climate action plan. 

So far, no one has filed to run against Gallaway as an independent or a Republican. The deadline to challenge him in the Democratic primary on June 8 has passed. Currently all members of the Board are Democrats, but Gallaway said that does not make them a monolith.

“I think people think that because we are all of the same party that we are automatically of the same mind on things and we’re not,” Gallaway said. 

Gallaway previously served on the Albemarle School Board. He moved to the community in 2002 and lived on Old Ivy Road before moving to Fluvanna County for a brief time. He moved back to Albemarle in 2007. Since then, he said there has been a lot of growth.

“A lot has changed in a quick amount of time,” Gallaway said. “I remember driving back from D.C. and you weren’t really feeling like you were in town until you started to get to the Kroger on Woodbrook. And now that’s a whole different animal, even through Greene County.” 

Last week, Supervisor Diantha McKeel announced she would seek a third term to represent the Jack Jouett District. Democrat Jim Andrews is the only candidate who has filed in the Samuel Miller District race to succeed outgoing Supervisor Liz Palmer.  

No independents have yet filed for any of those three seats, and would-be candidates have until June 8 to qualify for the ballot. No Republicans have filed either, according to Albemarle Republican Chairman George Urban. 

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