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Democrats Win Charlottesville City Council Seats

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The results are in for the Charlottesville City Council race. The Democratic candidates, Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick, have won seats of council, defeating Republican opponents Michael Farruggio and Buddy Weber.

Szakos finished with 36 percent, Fenwick with 32 percent, Farruggio with 19 percent, and Buddy Weber with 12 percent of the vote.

There was a slight delay for the results in the Charlottesville races after an unexpected issue with the voting machines. There was a passcode error for closing the machines that hold all of the votes.

The machines were moved to the Office of the Voter Registrar in Charlottesville and Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger was given custody of the machines. Official observers were on scene to watch vote tabulation.

The final votes came in around 10:30 p.m. and the Democrats celebrated their victories at Escafé in Charlottesville. 

Szakos talked about the community support and says that she certainly has a lot of work to do.

"It's great to know the official results. I think that the voters have been really clear in what they want for the city of Charlottesville. Because it wasn't a particularly close outcome, that makes it really clear,” said Szakos.

The win was particularly special for Fenwick because he has been unsuccessful in his previous bids for council as an independent candidate.

"I never second-guessed running, but I played a lot of sports. You play as hard as you can and you play to win, and then you just let it play out. I was never over confident and I didn't accept it until the very end,” said Fenwick.

Fenwick says the Democrats received a lot of questions about city-county cooperation throughout the race. He says considering what happened in the county race, with three Democrats and one independent winning seats, that shouldn't be an issue.

Szakos commended Farruggio and Weber, saying she thought the Republicans ran a great race and gave it their best shot.

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