No new candidates in Louisa district

No one stepped forward before the Sept. 6 deadline to challenge Eric Purcell, the sole candidate for Louisa district supervisor.

The previous deadline of June 11 for candidates to submit petitions was extended when Jessie Shupe, who had filed to run against Purcell as a Republican, dropped out of the race for work-related reasons. Purcell hopes to succeed Troy Wade, who is not running for re-election.

Ballots can now be printed for the Nov. 5 election. Louisa County Registrar Cris Watkins said the first day to vote absentee is Sept. 20, for those who qualify. A list of criteria to vote absentee is available online at

Watkins encouraged citizens to check online or by contacting her office to ensure they are registered to vote. The deadline to register is Oct. 15.

One candidate forum has been scheduled so far for Louisa County political hopefuls. The Louisa County Farm Bureau will hold a forum on Oct. 19 at Christopher Run Campground on Zachary Taylor Highway (Route 522), beginning with a dinner at 5:30 p.m.

At the state level, Juanita Jo Matkins, a Democrat from Louisa, is challenging Goochland Republican John McGuire for his 56th district House of Delegates seat. In the 17th district state Senate race, Democrat Amy Laufer, of Albemarle, faces incumbent Republican Bryce Reeves of Spotsylvania. Republican Mark Peake is running for re-election in the 22nd district against Democrat Dakota Claytor.

On the local level, there are three seats on the ballot for Louisa County Board of Supervisors, including the Louisa district seat. Bernie Hill has challenged board Chairman Toni Williams in the Jackson district. Willie Gentry is running for reelection unopposed in the Cuckoo district.

Candidates for constitutional officer include Major Donald Lowe and Troy Painting for sheriff; Stacey Fletcher, Charles Rosson and Dan Braswell for commissioner of revenue; Rusty McGuire for commonwealth’s attorney; and Henry Wash for treasurer.

Stephen Harris, Frances Goodman and Billy Seay are running unopposed for reelection to the Louisa County School Board.

Finally, Steve Lucas, Grosvenor Merle-Smith and Pat Willis are competing for two open seats on the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District board.