May 2, 2006
The Democratic ticket of Julian Taliaferro and Dave Norris took both open City Council seats in resounding fashion. Both candidates and supporters of the Norris and Taliaferro campaign came together at the Charlottesville Icepark on Tuesday to celebrate.
"I feel great," said City Councilor Elect Julian Taliaferro.
"We did it. I feel great," said City Councilor Elect Dave Norris.
With that, the 2006 Charlottesville City Council elections were taken by two democrats, unseating incumbent Republican Rob Schilling. Taliaferro believes the City was looking for new blood.
"I think people wanted a change. I think they saw Dave and I as progressive candidates although we differ in some ways, I think we were a good team," said Taliaferro.
While Taliaferro and Norris ran on the same ticket, each says they have a specific priority when they take office.
"My first priority is going to be to try and get a handle on this affordable housing problem that we have in the city," Norris said.
"One of the things I think right out of the box is we have to get going on with the public education system," Taliaferro said.
Outgoing Councilor Blake Caravatti was on hand to congratulate the two winners. He says the future will be about dollars and cents.
"The way city budgets are being pressed at the state level, there is more reliance on the property tax makes it very difficult for us to fund high quality service," Caravatti said.
Whatever difficulties they face, each candidate says they will try to do the best for the city.
"We've got to address all of the challenges that are facing our community and make this a world class city for all the citizens of this community," Norris said.
"I most certainly will do the best that I can to represent every person in this city," Taliaferro said.
The terms begin July 1. Both men will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on July 3.
In the meantime, the two men say they will be out talking to the Community, getting an idea of what they want them to accomplish.