May 10, 2007
Thursday was the first time voters got a chance to get to know their candidates for city council.
“I want to know where they stand on issues that are important to me,” said Charlottesville voter Garth Groff.
Voters got to hear candidate’s views on traffic, affordable housing and property taxes, among other issues.
“Affordable rent, education, Meadowcreek Parkway,” said Charlottesville voter Joy Johnson.
"Getting the county to participate more in transportation issues,” said Ned Michie.
These are just a few of the issues about which the public wanted to hear candidates Satyendra Huja, Jennifer McKeever, Linda Seaman, Holly Edwards and David Brown speak.
“They all have good ideas,” said Groff.
Those attending said this and upcoming democratic forums are important because it may not be the November election that decides this race, but the June democratic convention that will choose the city's next leaders.
“If no republicans and no independents choose to run, then the real election is June 2nd,” said Russ Linden of the Charlottesville Democrats.
“So it looks like three of these five people are going to be our city council,” said Michie.
In June, three candidates will receive the Democratic Party nod. Those will be the only three names on the ballot in November, unless other party candidates get in this race. Knowing that's the case, voters said they will take a long hard look at the candidates before making any decision.
The next candidate’s forums:
May 15th at the Fry Springs Beach Club at 7 p.m.
May 19th at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging at 9:30 a.m.
May 22nd at the Buford Middle School at 7 p.m.