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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

With all counties reporting, the results of the central Virginia municipal elections are in.

But for many places, the results matter less than who actually ran for office. That year, nine out of 20 local races in the Charlottesville Tomorrow voter guide in central Virginia counties were either uncontested or had insufficient candidates for open positions.

Why? It’s a combination of politics and pay that keeps people from advancing to councils, school boards, and mayors and commissioners. Here’s more.

A road leading to a brick building with the sign "Mineral Fire Department"
Recognition: Acroterion, CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons

In central Virginia, there are not enough candidates to fill vacant local government seats

Want a full rundown of who won? Our 2022 election guide has now been updated with results from six counties in the region.

A roll of "i chose" Stickers with many scattered across a table
Recognition: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow

Voter Guide 2022

Here’s a story about a local school board in action:. To encourage more people to apply to become school bus drivers, the Albemarle County School Board voted unanimously on Oct. 27 to raise drivers’ starting wages to $21.50 an hour.

Why? Several months into the school year, students are still struggling to get to school on time. Albemarle schools have 127 bus drivers but need 33 more.

During the week of voting, 63 students arrived at school more than an hour late. More than 320 students were between 16 minutes and more than an hour after the first bell. In addition, approximately 1,365 Albemarle students arrived at school between one and 15 minutes late.

Here’s more.

A school bus on a tree lined street with the door open and a stop sign, a child with a backpack gets off.
Recognition: Kori Price/Charlottesville Tomorrow

Dozens of Albemarle children miss their first lesson each week because their buses are late

“What we’re doing isn’t sustainable,” said Renee DeVall, routing and planning manager at Albemarle. “If we were fully staffed, we wouldn’t do routes like this.”

A black and white poster of three football players named Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D'Sean Perry in front of a stadium with a white tent on the side.  People are queuing under and in front of the tent.
A memorial service for three UVA football players killed in a shooting was held Saturday in lieu of the team’s final home game. Matthew Kent Riley/University of Virginia

Finally, here are some updates on the victims of the UVA shooting and their communities.

The Cavalier Daily reported on Saturday’s memorial service at the John Paul Jones Arena for Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, who were shot dead on the UVA campus on November 13.

Today there is more to read and see about Mike Hollins, one of the two students who was shot and injured. His mother, Brenda Hollins, gave ESPN a moving interview that night about his recovery and courage. He ran off the bus and returned to try to get more students to safety. Brenda Hollins says she has already forgiven alleged gunman Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. “I had to heal so I could help my son. I mean, I don’t have a choice,” she said.

Brenda Hollins wrote on Twitter on Monday morning that her son was discharged from the hospital. Another UVA student, Marlee Morgan, was fired last Tuesday.

Charlottesville Tomorrow is on holiday Thursday and Friday so we’ll see you in your inbox next week. We hope that you too have the time and space to enjoy the long weekend.

Thanks as always

Angilee Shah, Editor-in-Chief

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