Norris, Szakos, Brown Win Charlottesville Elections

By: Liz Palka Email
By: Liz Palka Email

Tuesday, Nov. 3,

Charlottesville voters elected three Democrats to run their city on Tuesday night. Dave Norris won another term on the City Council. Norris was the top vote getter with about 38% of the vote. Also elected, Democrat Kristin Szakos with about 31% of the vote.

Independent Bob Fenwick, a staunch opponent of the Meadowcreek Parkway, finished third with about 20 percent of the vote.

Norris and Szakos will assume seats on City Council while Fenwick will have to tackle his favorite issues from outside of City Hall.

People at Siips Wine Bar, where Democrats gathered, were very happy with the outcome of the city council election on Tuesday. However, the mood was also very somber because many democrats were disappointed with other elections in the area.

Dave Norris says he will get to work on youth initiatives in Charlottesville. Another important issue to Norris is affordable housing. Next, Norris will continue to work on clean energy initiatives and promoting environmental sustainability.

"We'll now move forward with the knowledge that the issues that we talked about during the campaign do have strong public support," said Norris on Tuesday night.

Szakos' biggest issues are civic engagement and closing the achievement gap in Charlottesville City Schools. Szakos wants to get people involved in issues that affect them. She also wants to address the needs of city school students.

"We need to realize it is a symptom of community problem," said Szakos on Tuesday. "it is not a school problem. And we need to put all our efforts as a community together toward closing the gap."

In the race for sheriff, James Brown tallied 61% of the vote to Paul Best's 38%. Brown also campaigned with Norris and Szakos. Right away he plans on creating a youth program through the Sheriff's Office and getting his office accredited.

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