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With primary past, city progressives set sights on upset
The Daily Progress Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Charlottesville City Councilor Bob Fenwick’s defeat in the Democratic primary this past Tuesday raises the stakes for progressives who are worried that if the two Democratic council nominees are elected, City Council will not do enough to alleviate poverty and prevent gentrification.

Fenwick said Thursday that the election was a referendum on his tie-breaking vote to remove the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

While the statue vote may have negatively affected Fenwick, other candidates and political activists are looking at other issues and raising concerns about the direction the city could take if the two Democratic nominees — newcomers Amy Laufer and Heather Hill — are elected to office on Nov. 8.

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