Charlottesville Council Candidate Forum

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

April 10, 2006

Monday night the Albemarle - Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP held a candidate forum for those running for seats on Charlottesville City Council.

Dave Norris, Rob Schilling and Julian Taliaferro all addressed topics given by the NAACP associated with: education, affordable housing and health care.

"It's the first chance I've had to hear all three of the candidates speak," said Charlottesville resident Nancy Damon. She has been living in the City for 309 years, and has many of the same concerns that most residents of the City have: property tax increase and education.

Many of those who attended Monday night's forum were also able to ask questions and said that the forum was fare and informative.

Those who attended the forum said they were pleased with the forum.

“One of the things that I really liked about it was it didn't get too much into political harping," said Charlottesville resident Nancy Damon. "People did present some ideas and I like that a lot."

“Our goal as the NAACP was to conduct a fare process where the citizens of Charlottesville can get enough information… to make an intelligent decision,” said NAACP chapter president, Dr. Rick Turner.

Each candidate was given time to explain their views on questions asked by the audience.

"I think that the questions that they raised, the questions that I asked gave them a very thorough understanding that went beyond the primary issues of health, education, and affordable housing," added Turner.

The NAACP will also hold an Education Forum with school board candidates on April 17. Elections will be held May 2.

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