John Lowry

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John Lowry
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John Lowry

District Samuel Miller
Party Republican
Election Nov. 7, 2017
For term to start January 2018
Incumbent Liz Palmer

Biographical Information

Place of birth Midland, MI[1]
Spouse Nancy Feil[1]
Children Three children
Four grandchildren[1]
Residence North Garden, Virginia
Alma mater College of William & Mary
Sorenson Institute for political candidates[1]
Profession Retired
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

North Garden resident John Lowry ran as Republican for the Samuel Miller seat on the Board of Supervisors in the 2017 election. [2] He lost to Liz Palmer. [3]

He also ran as an independent candidate for election to the seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in 2009. He is also a former chair of the Albemarle County Economic Development Authority.


Lowry moved to the area in 1970 after getting his BA from the College of William & Mary in 1969.

Currently retired, Lowry was last employed as an Investment Counselor with Old Dominion Capital Management from 2007-2008. Prior to that he worked for Wachovia Securities and its predecessors from 1976-2007. He was among those who opened the Charlottesville Office of Wheat First, Securities, on the new downtown Mall in May 1976. That summer he played as a 14th Virginia Regiment of Fifes and Drums member for the Queen of England and the President of the US at Monticello for the US bicentennial. In the late 1980s he served the County on the Airport Authority Board, was Chair, and during this time the new airport was built. By the late 1990s he began serving the county on what is now the Economic Development Authority.[1]

2017 election for Board of Supervisors

Lowry made his announcement for the Republican nomination on February 23, 2017 at the Crossroads Store in North Garden. [2] Unless another member from his party challenges him for the nomination, Lowry will face incumbent Liz Palmer in the November 7, 2017 general election [4].

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Candidates Votes %
Liz Palmer (D) (winner) 4,916 67.88
John Lowry (R) 2,312 31.92
Write-In 14 0.19
Source: State Board of Elections[5]

2009 election for Board of Supervisors

On November 3, 2009, John Lowry was defeated by Republican Duane Snow in the race to succeed Supervisor Sally Thomas on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors [6].

Candidates Votes %
Duane Snow (R) 2,275 44.82
Madison Cummings (D) 2,011 39.62
John Lowry (I) 784 15.45
Write-In 6 0.12
Source: Albemarle County[7].

Overall voter turnout for Albemarle County in this election was 46.7%[8].

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate John Lowry (I) - Challenger
Office Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Samuel Miller District
Election year 2009 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
Candidate interview transcript
Candidate interview audio

Source website

Candidate forums:
  1. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, Samuel Miller, 2009 September 30
  2. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 15
  3. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 22 (1 of 2)
  4. Albemarle Supervisor candidate forum, 2009 October 22 (2 of 2)

In his 2009 campaign announcement, Lowry said he was running to provide "better government" in Albemarle County. He said he had been preparing for this run for three years, and has learned a lot about how to accomplish his goal.

"There are many issues that face the county," Lowry said. "Affordable housing, keeping good government employees, the water issue, the safety of our citizens." Lowry said his campaign would focus on quality of life, education and transportation. He said if elected, he would work to preserve the county’s green spaces, and would investigate ways to raise more money for transportation.

"We need to have a reasonable means to get around the county. We need to have better roads, new extensions, we need new connectors, we need parallel roads and to finance these, we need to have the monies available," Lowry said. He said that the state is not doing enough to maintain existing roads. "Either the state needs to reassume its fiscal responsibility, or they need to give to the counties the ability to raise money to fund our projects[9]."

Campaign announcement


External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Candidate Submissions to Charlottesville Tomorrow
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Lowry begins second run for Samuel Miller seat, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, February 23, 2017, retrieved February 23, 2017.
  3. Web. Palmer wins re-election to Board of Supervisors, Julie Zink, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 7, 2017, retrieved November 7, 2017.
  4. Web. [1], Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 29, 2017, retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. Web. Albemarle County, Virginia State Board of Elections, retrieved November 8, 2017.
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Palmer2017announcement
  7. Official Results November 3, 2009 General Election. Schermerhorn, Clarice, Elections Manager, Albemarle County. "Official results." 12 Nov. 2009. E-mail to Charlottesville Tomorrow.
  8. Official Results November 3, 2009 General Election. Schermerhorn, Clarice, Elections Manager, Albemarle County. "Official results." 12 Nov. 2009. E-mail to Charlottesville Tomorrow.
  9. John Lowry officially launches campaign for Albemarle’s Board of Supervisors Tubbs, Sean, Charlottesville Tomorrow 4 Apr. 2009. retrieved 23 May 2009.