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.
For the first time in almost 70 years, the Charlottesville City Council will have an independent councilor on the dais. Also come January, it will be the first time that two African-Americans served on the council simultaneously.
In an upset for the Charlottesville Democratic Party and city School Board member Amy Laufer, Nikuyah Walker, a social justice activist and protégé of former Councilor Holly Edwards, who died in January, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election.
...Though Democrats Heather Hill and Amy Laufer are hoping to extend the party’s longtime hold on the council, independent candidates John Hall, Kenneth Jackson, Paul Long and Nikuyah Walker are hoping that frustration with the status quo and outrage over the traumatic events of the white nationalist rally in August will give them a fighting chance for the at-large seats.