Independent Paul Long is a candidate for Charlottesville City Council. Two of the five seats on council will be determined in the November 7 general election. Other candidates in this race include John Hall (I), Heather Hill (D), Kenneth Jackson (I), Amy Laufer (D), and Nikyuah Walker (I).
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.
Bio: I was born and raised in Philadelphia and historic Tinicum Township. One of my earliest memories was my father allowing me to watch with him the 1960 Democratic Convention which nominated John Kennedy for president and Lyndon B. Johnson for Vice President. Two of my political heroes are Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. Roosevelt led the United States through the Great Depression. Lyndon Johnson was the greatest civil rights president since Abraham Lincoln. The passage of the civil rights act of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965, his fair housing act, the war on poverty, his established community colleges throughout the country, mark him as the greatest president in my lifetime.
Education: Attended Chestnut College, Philadelphia in 1985 and 1986. Received certification as an addiction counselor in 1986 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Occupation: Retired, Worked for 17 years at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a Patient Transporter. Retired in June of 2015.
Previous political experience: From October 1986 to October 1997 I served as Tinicum Township’s Official Representative to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). SEPTA is the regional public transit authority for Philadelphia and four suburban counties. From 1987 to 1989, served a three year term on Tinicum Township’s Board of Health.
Age on Election Day: 68
Family: Marital status: single. All siblings are deceased.
Telephone: (434) 270-5198