Charlottesville has been my home for 58 years. The events of August, 2017, and the finger-pointing that followed, exposed an appalling level of governmental dysfunction, including at City Council. Councilors have acknowledged that they don’t work well together, and in many cases don’t trust each other. They certainly haven’t worked well together.
We have big challenges ahead. We need to look — together — at the history of slavery and racism whose vestiges continue to poison our society. We are no longer a 20th Century town; we are a 21st Century city, with city-like problems of affordable housing and gentrification and transportation planning. As the New York Times recently exposed, the achievement gap in our schools is among the most severe in the nation. And Charlottesville needs to take a leading role in local responses to climate change.
We will have a virtually all-new City Council in January, 2020, and that new Council, together with a new City Manager, will need to work together on these problems. No one Councilor can fix things single-handedly, but I want to be one-fifth of the solution.
On June 11, 2019, in the Democratic Party Primary, the voters nominated Michael Payne, Sena Magill and me as the Democratic ticket. We don’t agree on everything, but we agree on most things, and we are running as a team. Please come vote for all three of us on November 5!