Days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, then-Mayor Michael Signer held a press conference at this city’s outdoor downtown mall that turned into a political rally drawing hundreds.
That’s where the mayor declared to a cheering crowd that Charlottesville was a “capital of the resistance.”
In the end, the 57th District race pitting a millennial and a baby boomer for the open House of Delegates seat wasn’t even close. Thirty-year-old Sally Hudson crushed two-term City Councilor Kathy Galvin with 66 percent of the vote in the June 11 primary.
Michael Payne, Lloyd Snook and Sena Magill rose to the top of the field to win the three Democratic nominations for Charlottesville City Council up for grabs in Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.
Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin outraised her opponent in the final reporting period before the Democratic primary for House of Delegates.
Sally Hudson, however, maintains a significant lead in the monetary race for the 57th District seat, according to recently released campaign finance reports.
Meanwhile, in the 17th Senate District, incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, is vastly outraising his primary opponent, Rich Breeden
The Democratic candidates seeking the 57th District seat in the House of Delegates met for the first time on Thursday.
Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin, an adjunct professor in the University of Virginia’s architecture school, and Sally Hudson, an assistant professor of public policy, education and economics at UVa, discussed their campaigns in front of about 60 people
Candidates for the Charlottesville City Council butted heads Thursday night on budget processes, tax rates, and school spending at a forum at the Jefferson School City Center. Democrats Bob Fenwick and incumbent Kristin Szakos faced Republicans Michael Farruggio and Charles L. "Buddy" Weber. The four are running for two spots on the council.
Charlottesville voters will head to the polls in a little over a week to install new majorities on the City Council and School Board, select a new clerk to oversee records at the Charlottesville Circuit Court and choose their representatives in Richmond.
Three Democrats and four independents are competing this year for three seats on the five-person City Council.
After a hotly contested primary, the three Democratic nominees for Charlottesville City Council are set, but for the independent candidates, the battle is just beginning.
The five independents in the mix this year — Bob Fenwick, Andrew D. Williams, Brandon Collins, Paul Long and Scott Bandy — all finalized their paperwork before the filing deadline Tuesday night, according to officials with the city registrar’s office.
On Saturday, the Democrats selected incumbent Satyendra Huja, School Board member Kathy Galvin and dredging activist Dede Smith as their three nominees.