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City Council Candidate Pushes for Monument to Madison

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Plaque with information on James Madison's work and contributions to the country. Plaque with information on James Madison's work and contributions to the country.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

With Independence Day right around the corner there's a renewed push for a national monument honoring one of our Founding Fathers.

A candidate for Charlottesville City Council is among those calling for a new way to pay tribute to James Madison.

Mike Signer says Madison is the only one of our Founding Fathers not properly honored-- and that there are many reasons why he should be.

Signer wrote an essay published in Yahoo! News Friday arguing for the construction of a proper memorial to Madison in Washington, D.C.

His ideas have drawn a huge response, with more than 800 comments so far.

Right now, the memorial is just the Library of Congress's third building, which few people know much about.

Signer also wrote a biography called Becoming Madison, talking about how current lawmakers should take a page out of Madison's book.

“He's so important but we don't look to him and I think that's exactly why we should look to James Madison now at this moment in our history where Congress seems to mostly ground to a halt,” says Signer.

Signer says Charlottesville's monument of James Madison on the side of City Hall is a good start, but the city should still do more to honor him.

Signer says the idea of a new, more remarkable monument for Madison is growing in popularity.

He says four books have been written on the president just this year-- a sign of that growing popularity.

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