Charlottesville City Council Candidates Attend Forum at Greenbrier Elementary
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - With just four weeks until Election Day, the race for Charlottesville City Council is heating up. On Tuesday night, some of the Democratic and Independent candidates took the stage at Greenbrier Elementary School.
The forum was hosted by the Greenbrier Neighborhood Association with topics ranging from affordable housing to transportation needs in the city. Five of the six Charlottesville City Council candidates took the stage at Greenbrier Elementary School just weeks away from Election Day to tackle the issues the city faces, including improving transportation.
"I’ve seen traffic ingestion get worst in 21 years we need to convince a sizable number of automobile users to use public transportation at least some of the time,” said Paul Long, Charlottesville City Council candidate.
The potential city councilors were also asked how they felt regarding the city's decision to appeal its defeat in a lawsuit challenging council's decision to remove two Confederate monuments.
"After August 12 we have to understand that those statutes are magnets for people we don't want here. and the practical matter is when we are permitted to do so by law we've got to move them,” said Lloyd Snook, Charlottesville City Council candidate.
“We've got 11 to 15 year kids that are starting to go into the system, those are dollars we should be spending there trying to keep them out of the system like this other stuff this is superfluous to us, when I talk about the community itself we need those dollars to get those kids from going into this pipeline,” said Bellamy Brown, Charlottesville City Council candidate.
Candidates also shared their stances on whether they would support funding for the Charlottesville Police Civilian Review Board.
"I am very much for the police civilian review board. It does need to be strong the draft by-law and the two positions need to be funded,” said Sena Magill, Charlottesville City Council candidate.
"What I want to see is a civilian police review board that not only helps rebuild trust from the community and the police department but that also 10 years from now we can look at the data on disproportionate minority contact,” said Michael Payne, Charlottesville City Council candidate.
The candidates will take part in another forum on October 15 at Johnson Elementary School before Election Day on November 5.