Democrat Diantha McKeel is a candidate for the Jack Jouett District seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. Three of the six seats on the board will be determined in the November 7 election. McKeel is an incumbent running unopposed.
Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important quality of life issues. Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews.
Bio: A resident of the Jack Jouett District for 41 years, I was elected four times to the Albemarle County School Board and now serve as the Chair of the Board of Supervisors. My highest priority is to continue to lift the quality of life for our residents through regional and community partnerships and innovative programming that achieve responsible economic growth and a more diverse tax base; meet current transportation and housing needs; preserve rural areas and deliver high-quality public safety and education services. My highest responsibility is ensuring that government will achieve these goals by being inclusive, fair, non-partisan and cost-effective.
Education: B.A. Bridgewater College (Sociology/elementary teaching certification); Licensed Practical Nurse (UVA); Certified Research Professional (ACRP)
Occupation: Retired, UVA Cardiology Clinical Research Coordinator
Previous political experience: Elected to 4 terms, Albemarle County School Board; elected to Albemarle County Board of Supervisors 2013, currently serving as Chair
Age on Election Day: 67
Neighborhood or area of residence: Canterbury Hills Neighborhood, Jack Jouett Magisterial District
Hometown: Staunton, VA
Family: two adult children: daughter, Megan Armstrong and family live in Albemarle County; son, Thomas McKeel lives in Georgia; and Brody “Mostly” Beagle
Other interests and experiences: traveling; reading; walking Brody; Adopt-A-Highway Committee Chair; John E. Baker Legacy Dinner Committee, supporting The African American Teaching Fellows (AATF); Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement Committee (GRACE); Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) board member; Daughters of the American Revolution, Jack Jouett Chapter; The Greencroft Club Board; former Mental Health Association Board and Charlottesville Municipal Band Fundraising Committee