Eight candidates have filed for interim seat on Charlottesville City Council

There are still five days to apply to be considered by the four remaining members of City Council to join them on the dais to replace former Councilor Sena Magill. Council will hold a public hearing in February and must make a selection within 45 days of the official start of the vacancy. (apply)

Yesterday the city released the names of eight people who have filed to fill the position. They include one former City Councilor, one former Planning Commissioner, one former School Board member.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • Alex Bryant has lived in Charlottesville for 12 years and has worked as the executive director of the Ix Park as well as managing director of the Tom Tom Foundation. He said he has spent a lot of time researching problems and solutions in cities the same size as Charlottesville. (read application
  • Don Dunham III has lived here for a total of 10 years with an engineering degree from the University of Virginia. Dunham is the CEO of Cavalier Professional Services. He said he and his wife plan to spend the rest of their lives here, and he claims a lot of experience working in affordable housing. (read application)
  • James Guidry has lived in Charlottesville for two and a half months and is a clinical manager at University of Virginia Imaging. He said he wants to get involved in making Charlottesville “prosperous through planning and building a better future for everyone. (read application)
  • John Edward Hall has lived in Charlottesville for 40 years and ran for Council in 2017 and placed sixth in six-way race. His resume lists many medical inventions and a petition of signatures he submitted lists his ballot name as John E. (The Ringer) Hall. (read application)
  • Leah Puryear has lived in the city for over 40 years and served for 15 years on the Charlottesville School Board. She is the director of the Upward Bound program at the University of Virginia. (read application)
  • John Santoski said he’s lived in Charlottesville for over 30 years and served on both the School Board and the Planning Commission. He’s also the executive director of the Arc of the Piedmont. (read application)
  • Kristin Szakos has lived in Charlottesville since 1994 and served two terms in Council from 2010 to 2017. She said she would not seek to run for a full term  and said her experience as a Councilor would be valuable in passing a budget and overseeing the zoning rewrite underway. (read application)
  • Christopher Valtin has lived in the city for two years. He attended the University of Virginia and retired here after a career in the municipal bond industry. (read application)
The website for Charlottesville City Council inserts the names of the eight applicants (so far) where the image of the future Councilor will go 

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