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City Council Candidates Make Final Stand before Primary

August 13, 2011

With just one week left until the Democratic firehouse primary, city council candidates are making their final pushes for votes.

Brevy Cannon, a writer for the University of Virginia's media relations department, made a campaign stop at the site of the old Coca-Cola Bottling plant on Preston Avenue. He was joined by supporters and small business owners.

Cannon said he wants to give tax breaks and incentives to businesses in order to create what he calls the middle class jobs of the 21st century.

"We have a low unemployment rate on paper, but we have a significant underemployment problem in Charlottesville, and that's why we need more job opportunities of a higher quality," Cannon said.

Cannon calls the bottling plant a model for economic development in Charlottesville. It will be transformed into a biotechnology center and add 200 jobs in the city.

Meanwhile, one of Cannon's opponents in the Democratic primary, James Halfaday, held a meet and greet at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville. He said it's a chance for voters to meet him and for him to get to know voters.

Halfaday said he hopes to give a voice to the underrepresented communities in the city, particularly when it comes to equality and education.

"Here in this community, we need to close the achievement gap and we need to improve our graduation rate in the city school district here," Halfaday said.

The Democratic firehouse primary is Saturday, Aug. 20. Seven candidates in all are vying for three seats on council. Voting will take place at Burley Middle School from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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