Council Votes for Nov. Election, Brown Flip-Flops

Council has gone back and forth on the issue of moving elections from May to November, but after the election of three strongly pro-November candidates, a move seemed certain. At last night’s Council meeting, the first of two votes (the second will be held in two weeks) was taken, and the measure passed by a bare majority. One of the two dissenters was, of course, Republican Rob Schilling, but the surprise was newly-appointed and newly-elected Democrat Mayor David Brown, who campaigned on the promise of moving elections. Brown voted last, expressing sympathy for Schilling, who is opposed to having his term (like everybody else’s) cut short by six months by the move. If the majority remains, and if the vote happens in two weeks as scheduled, the next Council election will take place in November of 2005. Elizabeth Nelson has the story in today’s Progress.

3 Responses to “Council Votes for Nov. Election, Brown Flip-Flops”


  • That’s odd. I thought that Schilling publicly expressed interest in making the change a while ago. Is my memory faulty?

    I remembered thinking at the time that it was dumb for him to advocate boosting turnout, because that hurts Republicans.

  • That’s odd. I thought that Schilling publicly expressed interest in making the change a while ago. Is my memory faulty?

    I didn’t include that in the writeup, because I had the same doubts, but I have the exact same memory.

    I remembered thinking at the time that it was dumb for him to advocate boosting turnout, because that hurts Republicans.

    Rob is in an awkward and ultimately-losing position. He’s tried to paint himself as a man of the people that stands up to Democratic hegemony to make common-sense changes that will be good for Charlottesville’s most disadvantaged citizens.

    The problem is that what Schilling wants is what a lot of uber-conservative Bush-era Republicans want: power, at the expense of those disadvantaged citizens. Now that Schilling is faced with the choice between doing what’s best for his supposed base (having elections on — get this — Election Day) and what’s best for his dwindling party (holding the elections not on Election Day, thus lowering turnout and keeping him in office longer), he’s voted against his “base.” He can justify this with ridiculous claims (How do we know that having elections on Election Day is really what’s best? Have we considered other methods of increasing turn out like, say, free puppies?), but those are the facts, and Schilling has been once again acted to support his real base: Schilling.

  • Really think this council lingers on issues to the point they become useless to citizens of this city.

    Meadowcreek, elections, transportation. Is it wise to disagree to the point of never coming to a common ground?

    The atmosphere of city council meetings is a few people with some legislative power really enjoy bickering over the same things, day-in day-out, year-in year-out.

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