Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin announced she is running for a state delegate seat.

Galvin is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 57th District seat. She made the announcement about an hour ago at City Space in Downtown Charlottesville.

Galvin said she will fight to get more transportation funding and create a better regional transit system.

The councilor wants to create a sustainable future based on renewable energy and said she will not take donations from Dominion Energy.

“I'm ready to now take it to the next level so that I am now a public servant for also the county as well as the city. Personally, I think that's how it always should be. We should be one community this time, I'm really going to be the representative for both county residents and city residents and I'm extremely excited,” said Galvin.

Sally Hudson is also running for the democratic nomination.

David Toscano announced he wasn't going to seek re-election last month.

03/14/2019 Galvin For Delegate Press Release:

Charlottesville, VA - This morning in front of a crowd of over 100 supporters, Kathy Galvin announced her candidacy for the House of Delegate’s 57th district, which includes Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. She began her speech paying homage to David Toscano and laying out her vision for the commonwealth. “I’m running because we are living in a time when global climate change and structural inequity threaten the foundations of our livelihoods and our Democracy,” Galvin said,  “We need strong, tested leadership in the General Assembly with steady hands and bold ideas.”

Galvin touched on a wide range of issues in her opening speech including protecting of the environment, inclusionary zoning that addresses the affordable housing crisis, a $15 minimum wage, universal pre-k, criminal justice reform to end mass incarceration, legalizing marijuana, and a renewed push towards commonsense gun safety.

On a personal note, Galvin spoke about her family’s beginnings as first-generation immigrants in the US,  “We need those ladders [of opportunity] now more than ever. My father, the son of Irish immigrants, was an excellent mechanic who ran his own shop with only an 8th-grade education. One generation later, I am a registered architect who depends on excellent tradespeople, like my Dad, to get my projects built.”  

Kathy Galvin is currently serving a second term on the Charlottesville City Council, prior to which she served on the Charlottesville City School Board. Kathy is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia where she teaches sustainable neighborhood design, applied planning, and urban design practice. Kathy and her husband Michael have raised two children in Charlottesville and made their home here for the past 32 years. Galvin ended her speech looking to the future, “we must work together to make the 57th a more vibrant, fair and compassionate place.”