April 27, 2006
Voters in Charlottesville will soon cast their ballots for members to serve on the school board, and in city council chambers.
One man already on the council is trying to hold onto his seat for another term. Here's what republican Rob Schilling is doing to get your vote.
Republican Rob Schilling took advantage of an early Thursday morning to campaign just as he's been doing for months.
"Lot of phone calls, lot of personal contacts, talking to people who are interested in becoming donors, and knocking on doors [for] hours and hours," said Rob Schilling.
The incumbent says meeting people that way allows him to hear their issues.
Whenever Schilling gets a break away from the phone, he turns to his computer, so he can prepare for a press conference. Preparation includes making changes to a speech and printing it out, so voters can have a transcript.
The lone republican of the five member council says he runs his campaign based around common sense leadership.
"We're looking at fiscal management, long-term budget issues for the city, how we are going to manage ourselves into the future, and people who are being taxed out of their homes, or worried about being able to stay in Charlottesville," said Rob Schilling.
Schilling, who's lived in Charlottesville for eight years, says it's about how he can make things better for all residents.
One thing that sticks out from his first-term is his idea of an elected school board. The pick for the school board will happen the same day he hopes voters will pick him to remain on the council.
Schilling, often seen as someone so different, explains why it's important for him to keep his seat.
"It's important at the table that there are different voices, different points of view, it makes the discussion stronger, and eventually it makes the government stronger," added Schilling.