September 11, 2013
The four candidates for Charlottesville City Council met with a few people at the senior center during a forum. The Senior Statesmen of Virginia (SSV) planned a few questions for the candidates that centered on issues in Charlottesville.
The four candidates running include two Democrats, Bob Fenwick and Kristin Szakos and two Republicans Mike Farruggio and Buddy Weber.
“I was very impressed with the quality and the thoughtfulness of all four candidates,” says Bob McGrath, Vice President of the SSV.
All four of the candidates touched on issues that many people believe are problems in the city of Charlottesville. Those issues include public housing, downtown mall safety, city/county relations, homelessness and education.
But the main goal for all of the candidates was to show people why they are the best person to fill one of the two city council seats up for the election.
“I think I bring a unique perspective to the council if I'm successful,” says Fenwick. “In that my business experience for over 45 years would bring a richer discussion of almost any topic in the city council.”
“I've seen city policies written, I've seen them implemented, I used to write policy for the police department,” says Farruggio. “I've got kids in the city school system and all of this experience makes me believe that I am absolutely the best person for this position.”
“I've studied most of the issues that are facing city council at this point and I think the real issue right now is to bring that since of personal responsibility back to city council,” says Weber.
“These forums are really important,” says Szakos, current member on Charlottesville’s City Council. “They are a way for people to kind of compare apples to apples and to ask one question and have all of the candidates answer it so they can make an informed choice, which is what democracy is about.”
“I think I've done a good job and I hope the voters will give me another four years to do it again,” says Szakos.
Some of the other issues that the candidates touched on were the Western Bypass project, the Human Rights Commission and development along West Main Street.