Amid unrest, independents see their chance for Charlottesville City Council
The Daily Progress Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 9 p.m.
After Kristin Szakos decided to not seek re-election and incumbent Bob Fenwick lost in a June Democratic primary, two nominated Democrats and four independent candidates will appear on the ballot Tuesday for two open seats on Charlottesville’s City Council.
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.
Aside from widespread commentary about the rally and government accountability, all six candidates have spent much of their time this year talking about the need for more affordable housing and creating an equitable community where all residents can thrive.
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