Dashad Cooper to run for Charlottesville City Council instead

And then there were three candidates running for the 54th House District. Fifeville resident Dashad Cooper has opted to run for the Democratic nomination for Charlottesville City Council.

Cooper had filed to be on the ballot for the General Assembly seat being vacated by Delegate Sally Hudson but updated his paperwork this week to potentially fill another vacancy.

So far, two of three Council incumbents have filed paperwork to run again, but Sena Magill resigned from Council earlier this year. The person appointed to fill her seat, Leah Puryear, has not said whether she will seek to occupy the seat for a four-year term. Councilors Michael Payne and Lloyd Snook are running for a second term.

Cooper leaving the House District 54 race leaves Bellamy BrownKatrina Callsen, and Dave Norris as the three candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination for the June 20 primary. Former Charlottesville City Councilor David Brown has already withdrawn from the campaign. 

Anyone else who wants to run has until April 6 to file if they want to be a political party’s nominee. The deadline to be an independent is June 20. Take a look at the Virginia Department of Elections website for more information

A request for comment from Cooper was not returned by publication time. 

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