Democrat Kristin Szakos is an incumbent candidate for the Charlottesville City Council.  Two of the five seats on council will be determined in the November 5 general election. Other candidates in this race include: Michael Farruggio (R); Bob Fenwick (D); and Buddy Weber (R).

Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 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 2013 Voter Guide.

Bio: I focus on supporting what Charlottesville does well and improving things we can and should do better.  The City does a good job of maintaining its roads and public services with one of the lowest tax rates among Virginia’s historic cities.  We’re one of the only Virginia cities with a “stable AAA” bond rating: that’s good for taxpayers and businesses.  We also need to invest deeply in our human infrastructure – attracting and retaining quality jobs, improving access to opportunity for everyone, and ensuring quality education from pre-kindergarten through college to make sure all our residents are prepared for 21st Century jobs.

Education: B.A. Religious Studies, Grinnell College; M.A., Journalism, Northwestern University; Continuing education: Women and Power, Harvard Kennedy School

Occupation:  Writer, editor

Previous political experience:  Current: Vice Mayor since 2012; City Councilor since 2010; Volunteer Coordinator, Obama 2008 campaign

Age on Election Day: 54

Neighborhood or area of residence: Locust Grove

Family: Husband, Joe, daughters Anna (23) and Maria (22), dogs Jacob and Darwin, cat Lydi, and, over the years, four foster children

Other interests and experiences:

    Interests:  Singing and making music, travel, and walking our dogs; lived for a year each in Hungary and France

    Other civic activities:

      Chair, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Authority Board

      Member, former Vice Chair: Metropolitan Planning Organization

      Vice Chair: National Council on Youth, Education and Families

    Member: City of Promise Steering Committee, City Scholarship Program board, PAC board, HEAL state advisory board, ROSMY state advisory board, Friendship Court Program Services advisory board, Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP

    Former President: Burnley-Moran PTO; member: Special Education Advisory Committee

    Member, former Vestry member: Trinity Episcopal Church

Telephone:  (434) 987-1042