Norris enters race for House District 54 seat

So far, there are no candidates who have filed to run for Charlottesville City Council this year, but two former members are now in the race for House District 54. 

Dave Norris served on Council from July 2006 until the end of 2013 and has filed a statement of organization with the Virginia Department of Elections. 

“I am pleased to have served the Charlottesville-Albemarle community in a variety of ways over the past 30 years, and I look forward to building upon my track record of proven progressive leadership if elected to the Virginia General Assembly,” Norris wrote on his campaign website

Dave Norris (Credit: campaign website)

Norris also served as Mayor from 2008 to 2011. He joins former Charlottesville Mayor David E. Brown, Albemarle School Board Member Katrina Callsen, and Fifeville resident Dashad Cooper. 

Norris currently works as a program manager for the Piedmont Housing Alliance in their Financial Opportunity Center. He has also worked as the general manager of the Charlottesville Parking Center, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge, executive director of PACEM, and other positions. When on Council, he served for a time as chair of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. 

The Democratic Primary is on June 20. Will we see more candidates for this seat?

A small bit of history. The seat being vacated by Delegate Sally Hudson used to be occupied by David Toscano, who served on Council from 1990 to 2002. Toscano succeeded former Delegate Mitch Van Yahres who served two terms on Council from 1968 to 1976. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in a special election in 1980. 

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