November 7, 1975 · Cavalier Daily

Albemarle Elects David First Woman Supervisor

Opal David becomes the first female member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.


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Doug Edwards
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Albemarle Elects David First Woman Supervisor
By Doug Edwards
Democrat Opal D. David defeated two opponents Tuesday to become the first woman member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
David received over 50 percent of the vote in her bid for the Jack Jouett Magesterial [sic] District Supervisor seat. Incumbent Republican Stuart F. Carwile and Independent candidate Homer G. Richey split the remaining votes.
Conflicts of interest charges against her opponents were the major issue leading to David’s election, she said.
Carwile maintained “extensive association" with two land development companies that appeared regularly before the board, she said. Although Carwile abstained from voting on issues involving the companies, his position on the board "was not appropriate," David said.
David is the wife of University Government and Foreign Affairs Prof. Paul T. David.
David said she sees no problem in being the first woman Supervisor. Men and women seem to perform equally wen in such offices, David said.
In the Charlottesville District race, Independent F. Anthony Iachetta defeated incumbent Democrat Lloyd E. Wood. Iachetta received 1416 votes to Wood's 587.
Iachetta is an Associate Mechanical Engineering Prof. at the University.
Incumbent Democratic Supervisor Gerald E. Fisher retained his Samuel Miller District seat despite opposition from Independents Robert E. Merrill and William R. Barksdale Jr. Fisher received 1089 votes with Merrill gaining 304 and Barksdale 460 votes.
In the Scottsville District, Democrat Lindsey D. Dorrier Jr. defeated incumbent Independent William C. Thacker Jr. and Republican Forrest R. Marshall Jr. each totaling [sic] 865, 602, and 123 votes respectively.
Independent William A. Roudabush Jr. will assume the Rivanna District Supervisor’s post, after defeating Democrat Paul A. Stacy and Independents Shirley Chapman and M. Van Wilson. Each polled 741, 281, and 233 votes respectively. Incumbent Gordon Wheeler did not seek reelection.
The Whitehall District race was won by incumbent Independent Joseph T. Henley Jr. over opponents Robert S. Black and Henry H. Tiffany, both Independents.
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