Candidate's Forum

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

February 18, 2006

Local candidates vying for the democrats' nomination to City Council participated in a public forum during the Charlottesville-Albemarle Democratic Breakfast on Saturday.

Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro met with dozens of members from the community to discuss their vision for Charlottesville.

"I'm certainly interested in the public school system, addressing some of the issues we have with the achievement gap," said Taliaferro. "I'm also very concerned with affordable housing for people that live here, or people that work here and can't afford to live here."

"I have a lot of ideas [about] how we can do a better job in making this a world-class city for all residents in the community," said Norris.

Norris, a resident active in the non-profit sector, and Taliaferro, a former fire chief both say their passionate about moving the city in the right direction.

"I've been a resident of Charlottesville for ten years, I have two kids in our schools. I care very much about the issues of affordable housing and poverty and the environment and our education system," said Norris.

Taliaferro is also focused on education and affordable housing, and
if nominated, he believes he would be an effective leader, one who is responsive to the needs of Charlottesville residents.

"The fire department we still get cats out of trees, and if you have a water problem, a snake in you house, or whatever, we respond. And that's been my personal culture--to help folks," said Taliaferro.

For additional information about Julian H. Taliaferro, visit

For additional information about Dave Norris, visit

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