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Signer launches race for Charlottesville City Council

Flanked by several former Charlottesville mayors and other elected officials, attorney Michael Signer formally announced his campaign Wednesday for the Democratic nomination for the City Council.    “We have this incredible tradition of citizen leadership in Charlottesville, and we all stand on the shoulders of giants in this city when you look at what has […]

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Candidates on same page at city school board forum

While the three candidates for the Charlottesville School Board are running unopposed, the issues awaiting their next terms in office will prove more complex than the current campaigns. At a candidate forum at Johnson Elementary Wednesday, incumbents Ned Michie, Leah Puryear, and Juan Wade fielded questions ranging from the division’s current budget problems, to high-stakes […]

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Council candidates debate at Tea Party forum

The four candidates running for the Charlottesville City Council distinguished themselves along party lines at a campaign forum Thursday sponsored by the Jefferson Area Tea Party. “We believe that democracy is only as good as the quality of information available to voters,” said Terry Cooper, a member of the group’s executive committee who served as […]

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Council candidates address concerns of Fry’s Spring

The four candidates running for two open seats on the Charlottesville City Council discussed policing, criminal law, and development at a wide-ranging campaign forum held Wednesday by the Fry’s Spring Neighborhood Association. One neighborhood resident asked each candidate what their vision of development in Charlottesville would be. “Neighborhoods are the building blocks and are the […]

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Council contemplates where to prepare for growth

Charlottesville’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan calls for detailed efforts to help ensure the infrastructure is in place for a more urban environment. However, elected and appointed officials do not have consensus on which part of the 10.4-square-mile city should be targeted for a costly “small area plan.” “We don’t have money trees yet, so we […]