Charlottesville City Council Elects Mike Signer as New Mayor
Mike Signer was elected by city council as mayor of Charlottesville Monday night. Wes Bellamy was also elected to council as vice mayor.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville welcomed a new mayor Monday night. Mike Signer took the reins from former Mayor Satyendra Huja at Charlottesville City Council's first meeting of the new year.
City councilors also chose newcomer Wes Bellamy to council as vice mayor.
Signer says he has two goals for his next two years serving Charlottesville as mayor, respect and results.
In his first address to the city, Signer admitted it's often easier for elected officials to just sympathize with the public instead of actually doing anything. He says he plans on taking action.
“I don't like elected officials who make a lot of promises any more than you do so I will close by offering just two. I promise that I will practice and demand respect and I promise that strive for action and results for the common good of the city we all love so dearly,” Signer said.
Some people at council's meeting tonight say only transparency will bring change. They wanted to know why the discussion about who would be mayor wasn't public.
Councilors say personnel matters are always discussed behind closed doors.
Signer ran his $46,000 campaign around the theme "One Charlottesville." By that he means working towards policies that benefit the common good, not just special interests in the community.