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Wes Bellamy Hosts First in Series of Meetings

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A Charlottesville City Council hopeful is working to make his campaign as hands-on as possible.

Wes Bellamy hosted his first town hall Wednesday night to discuss his plans to move the city forward. It was the first in a series of meetings he plans to host.

People came out to discuss economic development in Charlottesville. Bellamy says small businesses and economic development are among his main focuses. He presented a plan that would connect people who need jobs with those who are providing them.

Bellamy says it is important to have such a facilitator to let people know they can be successful, and that it is absurd that out of the 34,000 people working in Charlottesville, only 7,000 actually live within the city.

"We have to not only start providing affordable housing but also create entities that keep these people here in town. We need that revenue, we definitely could use that revenue for other services and entities in the city," Bellamy said.

Bellamy and some of his supporters also discussed the 26 percent poverty level that exists in the city. He says economic development is the key to fixing that problem.

Bellamy's next town hall will focus on education in Charlottesville. That's May 1 at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

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