A former Marine who founded a leadership development firm will vie for the open seat on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.

Courtney Lynch, 42, won a spot on the November ballot for the Brookland seat during a Henrico County Democratic Committee caucus on Saturday. Lynch defeated Danny Plaugher, executive director of advocacy group Virginians for High Speed Rail, for the nomination.

Lynch said she owed her success to a grass-roots campaign that touched voters who aren’t traditionally involved along with those who are.

“Both types of voters seemed to turn out. ... I’m looking forward to working hard and reaching a lot of voters in coming months,” she said.

Of 589 votes cast, Lynch received 364, said committee chairwoman Cheryl Zando. The caucus took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Lynch graduated from law school at the College of William & Mary and is the founder of consulting firm Lead Star. She was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Amid demographic shifts in the county and a growing proclivity for Henrico voters to vote for Democrats, local political watchers say the November election could result in the first modern Democratic majority on the Board of Supervisors. Frank Thornton and Tyrone Nelson, who represent the Fairfield and Varina districts, respectively, are Democrats.

Lynch, who is running on a platform of bettering schools, creating an inclusive environment for newcomers and fostering community revitalization, will go on to face a Republican challenger who will be elected during the June 13 primary.

The Republican candidates for the Brookland seat, which was made vacant after the death of longtime Supervisor Dick Glover, are Ben Dessart, a researcher at Altria; Gilbert Wilkerson Sr., a judge’s assistant in Richmond Circuit Court; and Bob Witte, a county planning commissioner and retired fire captain.


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