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Democrat Mike Signer 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); Kathy Galvin (D); and Anson Parker (R).
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: Mike is an attorney and author who works with local businesses. He is president of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association, chair of the Emergency Food Network, a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy, and was chair of the 2013 Democratic coordinated City Council campaign. He also previously worked as senior strategist to Tom Perriello’s first campaign for Congress and legislative aide to Creigh Deeds. He is running for City Council to strengthen our community and build One Charlottesville. On Council, he will work on solutions in the key areas of job creation, education, quality of life, and public safety.
B.A., Princeton University
J.D., University of Virginia
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Occupation: Managing Principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC
Previous political experience:
President, Fifeville Neighborhood Association (current)
Chair, Charlottesville Democratic Coordinated City Council Campaign, 2013
Committee of 100, Charlottesville Democratic Committee (current)
Member, West Main Steering Committee
Finance Committee, Terry McAuliffe for Governor
Gov. Tim Kaine appointee, Virginia Board of Medicine
Virginia Democratic Voter Protection Attorney.
Senior Strategist, Tom Perriello for Congress
Counsel to Governor Mark Warner, Richmond
Legislative Aide, then-Delegate Creigh Deeds
Age on Election Day: 42
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Family: My wife Emily Blout and I have twin 10 month-old boys named Will and Jack.
Other interests and experiences:
In addition to working as a corporate attorney with local businesses, I’m the author of two books, most recently a biography of James Madison titled Becoming Madison, and I teach a class on leadership in UVA’s Politics Department. My hobbies include cooking, gardening, riding my 2003 Honda Shadow motorcycle, going to the gym, traveling (my wife and I have been to Guatemala, Turkey, Scotland, and Israel), and serving as a jungle gym for my sons.
Telephone: (434) 326-0221