Julian Taliaferro Campaigns

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

April 26, 2006

There are just six days until voters in Charlottesville go to the polls-- when one of their jobs will be to select two city council members. Here is an inside look at Democrat Julian Taliaferro.

Three candidates and two seats. One person will obviously not make it to the Charlottesville City Council.

"I'm out here again today in Johnson Village just going door-to-door, and trying to ask people for their votes," said Julian Taliaferro.

Democrat Julian Taliaferro started campaigning Wednesday just like he would any other day. The retired city fire chief met friends for breakfast at a local restaurant.

"I like to talk to people, and I like to hear what people have to say. You kind of get the pulse of the community by talking to people like that," said Taliaferro.

Taliaferro was also able to tell strangers what his campaign is all about.

"To start off with is the public education system, and also the financial stability of the city, and the affordable housing issues in the city," added Taliaferro.

Key elements which matter to the 40-year Charlottesville resident. Walking several neighborhoods, and knocking on even more doors, Taliaferro asked neighbors to elect him to city council.

Cornelia Swift, also a long-time city resident, met Taliaferro over the weekend. She got help from him on a utility bill.

"It meant so much because you need a little help from downtown. You know, I am senior citizen, and I have worked all my life," said Cornelia Swift.

Stepping in to help every person like Swift is what Taliaferro wants to do with his seat on the city council.

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