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Former City Manager Tarron Richardson’s lawsuit against Charlottesville a “last resort” to lift restraints on free speech over his departure

Former City Manager Tarron Richardson is suing the city of Charlottesville in a free speech case, after his lawyer said he attempted to resolve issues privately.  After resigning in September of last year and saying the job “takes a toll,” he now has more to say. In his lawsuit, he alleges that a non-disparagement agreement […]

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Charlottesville’s SWAT team was disbanded for ’disturbing behavior,’ but there’s still funding for it if a new chief wants to reinstate it

Former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney disbanded the city’s SWAT team this summer, but it’s now uncertain whether the specialized law enforcement unit will remain dissolved. Brackney has accused the department of secretly planning to reinstate the specialty. “They’ve immediately rolled back my reforms and covertly have been reassembling the disbanded SWAT team through secret […]

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ELECTION RESULTS: Wade, Pinkston win Charlottesville City Council, Paige keeps Albemarle County School Board seat

A crowd of about 100 gathered at Champion Brewing in downtown Charlottesville on Election Night. As the first frost of the season began to move in, conversations happened over chilled beers while television screens displayed the results of the gubernatorial election. While the governor’s race was called in favor for Republican Glenn Younkgin after midnight, […]

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If you haven’t mailed your absentee ballot today — Don’t. Because of mail delays, registrars urge voters to deliver ballots in person

Albemarle and Charlottesville registrars urge any absentee voters who have yet to send their ballots to simply deliver them to the office in person and not risk sending them by mail. Polling locations and the registrar offices have secure ballot drop boxes. The United States Postal Service is experiencing mail delays, which have been especially […]

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Virginia’s gubernatorial election this year has been dubbed a ‘toss up’ — this is why

In this year’s governor’s race, Virginia’s Republican Party is harnessing an energy similar to that felt in the Democratic Party  in 2017 , and it has Democrats nervous.  Co-chair of Charlottesville’s Democratic Party, Bekah Saxon, said she is concerned that some Democrats are less enthusiastic or energized about this election than the one last year […]

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Del. Sally Hudson is eager to keep working on education, healthcare, climate and economic policy in a second term

Del. Sally Hudson, an economist and University of Virginia professor, has represented Charlottesville and the 57th District since 2019. In seeking a second term, Hudson said that she’s proud of the work she and others in the democratic majority have been able to accomplish in the state and she’s eager to help the legislature prioritize […]

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Phillip Andrew Hamilton hopes to be the first non-Democrat to represent the 57th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates

Phillip Andrew Hamilton has spent years working for political candidates around the country. Now he is one.  The George Mason University alum had previously been involved with the Democratic party in high school before realizing his policy stances aligned more with the Republican party — albeit with Libertarian leanings. He’s since worked for candidates around […]

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Critical race theory has suddenly become a key issue in the only contested Albemarle County School Board race

Partisan politics and national issues have seeped into what was once an uncontested race for Albemarle County School Board.  Randy Zackrisson jumped into the race for the Samuel Miller District seat on the school board in late August as a write-in candidate because he feared critical race theory was being taught in Albemarle County Public […]

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Charlottesville City Council will discuss candidates for interim city manager Friday

Charlottesville City Council will kick off Friday morning with a 9 a.m. special meeting to interview candidates for a vacant deputy city manager position and discuss matters for an interim city manager. City leaders have not said who they are interviewing for the positions and Councilor Heather Hill said she’s not sure what announcements may […]

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Dom Morse wants to advocate for Charlottesville’s underserved children and parents as School Board member

Growing up in the Charlottesville- and Albemarle-area, Dom Morse faced adversity and he felt the school division didn’t serve him well enough. He ended up earning a GED instead of traditionally graduating high school. So, Morse said, that he’s running for one of three open seats on Charlottesville City School Board to help ensure students […]