Democrats Sweep Charlottesville City Council Race
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The three Democrats vying for the seats on Charlottesville City Council are celebrating big wins on Election Night.
Sena Magill finished in first place with 26% of the vote. The Region 10 Board member believes experience is what's going to help solve the city's affordable housing crisis.
"I hope that we can work together to really make our climate change goals actually doable, put the policies in place to make those realities not just a promise and also really work on our affordable housing crisis,” Magill said
Coming in second was defense attorney Lloyd Snook, who received nearly 25% of the vote. Snook believes some of the city's issues boils down to inefficiencies that need to be cleaned up.
"The first thing I want to focus on is just getting the back log of things done that have been waiting to be done, the housing plan, the comprehensive plan, fixing the zoning ordinance things like that,” Snook said.
Rounding out the top three was Democrat Michael Payne. Payne received 24% of the vote. He believes in order to help solve some of the city's issues, it’s going to take a joint effort with Albemarle County.
"I think all three of us…we're ready to get to work on the bread and butter issues for working families in this city and we're excited to just take action and show that City Council can take positive action," Payne said.
The three democratic council candidates swept every polling precinct in the city. The councilors elect each agreed that their top priority after taking office would be working together to address the need for affordable housing in the city.
The new councilors will be replacing current councilors Kathy Galvin, Wes Bellamy, and Mike Signer. They will take their seats in the New Year.