When C-VILLE reported last week about how much money was raised and spent in the June 9 Democratic primary, “Big money: Dede Smith voted out in high-dollars primary,” the article didn’t make clear that the numbers used were from a May 27 filing and the final numbers won’t be in until July 15.
Charlottesville Electoral Board Chairman Jim Nix is his attributing his renewed confidence in the turnout rate for the Democratic primary election Tuesday to the competitive slate of candidates on the ballot who have been campaigning furiously.
Wes Bellamy plucked the slightly damp, red plush toy from the Cherry Avenue median in Fifeville, where the sign stood reading, “Wes for Council.”
In a town known for its diversity, the apparent symbol – a monkey clutching a banana – stood out. Bellamy, a black man, is running for the City Council after losing a 2013 primary bid by five votes.
Mike Signer grew up in Arlington, but Charlottesville tugged on him from an early age. The 42-year-old Fifeville resident and father of two spent summers here as an elementary school student in the ’70s, taking enrichment courses at UVA.
Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja will not be running for re-election to the City Council later this year. His second term as a councilor will end Dec. 31.
In a news release, Huja said he is “very grateful to the people of Charlottesville for the opportunity to serve this great community” and is “looking forward to a productive 2015.”
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.
The Charlottesville Electoral Board directed the city registrar’s office today to immediately submit campaign filings from former City Council candidate James Halfaday to the city Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for investigation.
The board’s unanimous vote, which took place after it discussed the matter behind closed doors, comes after an attorney who said he represents the true owners of the local Snap Fitness franchise disputed Halfaday’s claims of having a stake in the gym. Halfaday represented himself as a co-owner of the gym when he launched his campaign in April, and he also included the claim in his campaign paperwork.
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.
After a recount of the final round of ballots from Saturday’s Democratic firehouse primary, the three City Council nominees are unchanged: Satyendra Huja, Kathy Galvin and Dede Smith.
Huja and Galvin were nominated by wide margins in the first round of counting Saturday night, but it took five rounds to determine Smith as the winner of the third nomination.
Fourth-place finisher Paul Beyer, who trailed Smith by a margin of just 31 votes, had called on party officials to double-check the final count. The party heads granted his request, performing the recount Monday afternoon at the Independence Resource Center on Cherry Avenue.
Charlottesville could soon face a dilemma it hasn’t dealt with in more than 30 years: a City Council without a single black member.
The racial makeup of the Charlottesville City Council may not be cause for concern for everyone, but the results of Saturday’s firehouse primary have proven worrisome for the local Democratic Party.
On Saturday, city voters chose Satyendra Huja, Kathy Galvin and Dede Smith as the three Democratic nominees for City Council. Colette Blount, a city School Board member who was the only black candidate in the Democratic field, went down to defeat, finishing fifth in a field of seven.