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

Neighborhood: Fifeville

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