Democrat Kathy Galvin is a candidate for Charlottesville City Council. Three of the five at-large seats on Council will be determined in the Nov. 3 election. Other candidates include: Scott Bandy (I); Wes Bellamy (D); Anson Parker (R); and Mike Signer (D).
Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 11 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important quality of life issues. Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews (also available on iTunes).
Highlights of all the candidate responses are available in this downloadable 2015 Voter Guide. The biographical information below is provided by each candidate.
Bio: Kathy is a registered architect and recipient of the 2002 American Institute of Architects Community Service Award for her work on the Albemarle Development Initiatives Steering Committee, Design Resources Center and Charlottesville Housing Improvement Program. Prior to becoming an architect she managed assisted housing in Boston, MA. She was elected to City Council in 2011 after serving on the school board. Her initiatives include the downtown workforce center; certification programs for those without degrees; a GED program for public housing residents; the West Main Street Project (and zoning changes); a citywide code review and the Strategic Investment Area Plan.
- B.A., Economics and Geography, Boston University (1978)
- M.A., Architecture, University of Virginia (1986)
- Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program, class of 2015
Occupation: City Councilor of Charlottesville; Principal Architect with Galvin Architects; Adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Previous political experience:
- Four-year term on Charlottesville City School Board
- Four-year term on Charlottesville City Council
- City Council appointee to the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Committee, and the Piedmont Workforce Network Council
Age on Election Day: 59
Neighborhood: North Downtown
Hometown: Brockton, MA
Family: I have been married to Michael B. Costanzo for 28 years. We have two sons, Patrick (24) and Kevin (20) and one dog, Orion (2) to fill the empty nest.
Other interests and experiences:
I love singing sacred choral music and traditional Irish and American folk ballads, cycling with my husband (especially in places like Cape Cod and coastal Maine), eating fresh seafood, traveling, reading biographies and old classics, keeping up with current events and research from groups like the Brookings Institute. I am fascinated by the design of cities and the role they play in shaping culture, sparking innovation and expanding tolerance. I have been since high school.
Telephone: (434) 249-6404