First newcomer files for Albemarle School Board

Cooper becomes second candidate in House District 54

As 2022 comes to a close, a look ahead to the School Board races in the community beginning with news of the first person to file as a candidate in Albemarle.

Meg Bryce has filed a statement of organization to run for the at-large seat on the Albemarle School Board. Bryce is a resident of Ivy and had no comment for this story. The seat is currently held by Jonno Alcaro, who was first elected to the county-wide office in November 2015. 

Bryce is one of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s nine children.

There will also be School Board races in the Rivanna, Scottsville, and White Hall Districts. Ellen Osborne announced her re-election bid for the Scottsville seat in November at the same event where Mike Pruitt launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the Scottsville Supervisor position. 

Dave Oberg will not be running for another term in the White Hall District having resigned earlier this month. He steps down effective today and the School Board has selected Rebecca Berlin to fill in for the next year. 

There’s no word yet if Judy Le will run for a second term representing the Rivanna District. 

Speaking of the Albemarle School Board, the Rio District seat held by Katrina Callsen is not up for election until 2025. Callsen has filed paperwork to run next year in the open House District 54 seat that’s being vacated by Delegate Sally Hudson. Hudson is challenging Senator Creigh Deeds in the new District 11. 

Another candidate has also filed a statement of organization with the Virginia Department of Elections for House District 54, which covers all of the city of Charlottesville and sections of urban Albemarle County. 

That candidate is Fifeville resident Dashad Cooper and he is also running for the Democratic nomination. According to his LinkedIn profile, Cooper works for the City of Charlottesville as a social services assistant. 

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