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October 25, 2011

City Council candidates on ward-based elections

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In the run up to Election Day on November 8th, Charlottesville Tomorrow will once again mail out our in-depth nonpartisan voter guide, featuring exclusive one-on-one interviews with all the candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.  In the weeks before the election, we will feature one to two questions a day so that citizens like you can compare candidates’ answers and make an informed choice November 8th.

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s 2011 Election Center website features links to the full written transcript and audio of candidate interviews, as well as links to videos of candidate forums, copies of our 2011 voter guide, information on where to vote, and more.  All the following passages are excerpts from our interviews.

CITY COUNCIL, FIRST IN A SERIES

image from cvilletomorrow.typepad.comWould you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?


 

Scott Bandy (I) - Challenger

"Boy, you know how to ask them, I’ll give you this.

It’s past high time that we switched from an at-large system to a ward-based system. I’m of the opinion, I don’t care what kind of configuration, as long as part of it is ward-based. Do a half and half, some sort of configuration of some at-large, and some ward-based, or do it completely ward-based but we need to move in the direction of representation from wards. This is how citizens’ interests are best represented.

My own area that I come from, Fry’s Spring, for a long time, one of the, it’s sort of like running, something akin to a running competition and a running joke between the difference between Belmont and Fry’s Spring. Well, for the first time in ages, this election has had three candidates and one of them whose background has been questioned and I won’t allude on that, three candidates that declared from Fry’s Spring to run at large. That’s ridiculous!

Why can’t we get a representative from… divvy up the city in an acceptable way, whether it’s a representative from Fry’s Spring, whether it’s a representative from Belmont, whether it’s a representative from Venable, or Woolen Mills. Find a way to divvy the city into an acceptable ward-system so that the citizens are better and honestly represented."

 

Brandon Collins (I) - Challenger

"I considered this a lot when I was first crafting my platform and it’s not in my platform right now.  I would like to see the amount of people on council expanded--the amount of people on council—I think that would be healthy for us. I do have cautious support for a ward-based system, but there are some critical things that need to be straightened out before I would fully support that.

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October 21, 2011

Download the Charlottesville-Albemarle Voter Guides


Thanks to a generous gift from Dominion Virginia Power and the support of our news partner The Daily Progress, Charlottesville Tomorrow is once again providing in-depth voter guides for the local 2011 elections.

2011-county-voter-guide Download the
2011 Albemarle Supervisors Voter Guide
2011-city-voter-guideDownload the
2011 Charlottesville City Council Voter Guide

 

Since 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow has provided non-partisan voter guides for each local election for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors.  We don't make endorsements, we help you make an informed choice. 

Citizens have given us very positive feedback about our voter guides in past election years.  Here is one voter’s note:

"I'd like to take a moment to thank you and your co-workers for producing and distributing the Charlottesville Tomorrow Voter Guide....Perhaps your thoughtful, apolitical approach will inspire others to work toward a democratic process which brings people together to discuss our commonalities, and at the least, you have empowered citizens to vote."

Make sure to visit our 2011 Election Center website where you can download copies of the voter guide, review candidate bios, listen to candidate interviews, and even watch videos of recent candidate forums.  We appreciate your support!

October 20, 2011

Charlottesville City Council candidates report latest fundraising numbers

DailyProgressBy Brian Wheeler
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Thursday, October 20, 2011

With less than three weeks until Election Day, candidates for Charlottesville City Council are reporting their most recent campaign contributions. Three Democratic nominees are outpacing four independent candidates by a margin of almost eight-to-one.

Democrat Kathy Galvin leads all council candidates, having raised $14,553. Almost three-fourths of those donations came before the Aug. 20 Democratic firehouse primary. Democrat Dede Smith follows with $11,701, two-thirds of which was raised before the primary. Democrat Satyendra Huja, the only incumbent in the race, has raised $10,527.

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October 07, 2011

Andrew Williams - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20090513-Williams-wiki 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Andrew Williams (I)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 27, 2011 interview with Andrew Williams (I).  Other candidates in this race include:  Scott Bandy (I), Brandon Collins (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Satyendra Huja (D), and Dede Smith (D).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110927-Williams

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Scott Bandy - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


Bandy 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Alvin Scott Bandy (I)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 28, 2011 interview with Scott Bandy (I).  Other candidates in this race include:  Brandon Collins (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Satyendra Huja (D), Dede Smith (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110928-Bandy

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Dede Smith - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20110820-Smith 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Dede Smith (D)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 26, 2011 interview with Dede Smith (D).  Other candidates in this race include: Scott Bandy (I)Brandon Collins (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Satyendra Huja (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110926-Smith

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Satyendra Huja - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20110325-Huja-300 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Satyendra Huja (D)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 22, 2011 interview with Satyendra Huja (D).  Other candidates in this race include: Scott Bandy (I)Brandon Collins (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Dede Smith (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110922-Huja

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Brandon Collins - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


Brandon-collins 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Brandon Collins (I)

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On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 23, 2011 interview with Brandon Collins (I).  Other candidates in this race include: Scott Bandy (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Satyendra Huja (D), Dede Smith (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110923-Collins

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Kathy Galvin - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20110820-Galvin 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Kathleen M. Galvin (D)

Download Download the transcript

On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 26, 2011 interview with Kathleen M. Galvin (D).  Other candidates in this race include: Scott Bandy (I), Brandon Collins (I), Bob Fenwick (I), Satyendra Huja (D), Dede Smith (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110926-Galvin

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?

Bob Fenwick - City Council candidate interview

2011-election-DPx476 As part of Charlottesville Tomorrow's coverage of the 2011 local elections for Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, we have interviewed each candidate to discuss topics such as their qualifications, transportation, land use, and their priorities.

Excerpts from these interviews will be included in the 2011 Voter Guide being co-produced with The Daily Progress.  This in-depth resource will be mailed to each voting household the week before the election.  In the meantime, we are making available the complete audio recordings and transcripts of our interviews. 

Visit Cvillepedia for even more detailed information on the candidates including, bios, campaign finance reports, other videos and podcasts.


20090702-fenwick1 2011 Charlottesville City Council candidate interview
Candidate: Bob Fenwick (I)

Download Download the transcript

On November 8, 2011, voters in the City of Charlottesville go to the polls to elect their representatives to three seats on Charlottesville City Council.  This recording is Brian Wheeler’s September 23, 2011 interview with Bob Fenwick (I).  Other candidates in this race include:  Scott Bandy (I), Brandon Collins (I), Kathleen M. Galvin (D), Satyendra Huja (D), Dede Smith (D), and Andrew Williams (I).



Listen using player above or download the podcast: Download 20110923-Fenwick

QUESTIONS:

  • Please describe your past experience that qualifies you to be on City Council?
  • What is your transportation agenda for the city? Does it require more money?  How will you fund AND implement it?
  • How should the city, county and the University of Virginia work together to enhance our community’s unique character and economic vitality?
  • What changes, if any, would you make to the city’s Comprehensive Plan?
  • Last month the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce reported that Charlottesville lost 3,248 jobs during the years 2000 to 2010.  What specifically should city council do to promote employment?
  • What is your top priority for action by City Council if you are elected?
  • What would you improve with respect to the city’s parks and recreational facilities?
  • Are you planning to seek a new vote by the council on the previously approved 50-year water supply plan and how would you change the plan, if at all?
  • Would you support switching from at-large seats to ward-based representation for elections to Charlottesville City Council? Why or why not?
  • If the federal lawsuit opposing the construction of the grade-separated interchange for the Meadow Creek Parkway is unsuccessful, will you support completion of the parkway?
  • Should city council support moving the Rivanna Sewer Pump Station from its current location in Woolen Mills even if it will cost city and county ratepayers an additional $15 million to $18 million to do so?