Mayor Dave Norris is running for reelection to City Council, he announced in an e-mail this evening. His first term expires at the end of this year. He’s seeking renomination as a Democrat, and then the general election will be held in November. Vice Mayor Julian Taliaferro has not yet said whether he intends to seek a second term. His e-mail announcement follows.
I’m writing today to share some news. As you may know, my term on City Council ends this year, and I have been thinking long and hard about whether to seek re-election to Council. The job of Councilor/Mayor requires long hours for little pay and has taught me all too well the importance of having a thick skin.
We have made some good progress in my time on Council, though, and I have too many ‘irons in the fire’ and initiatives under development to give up now. Accordingly, I have decided to take the plunge and today am announcing my candidacy for another term on City Council. The Charlottesville Democrats will hold a nominating primary on Saturday, May 9, and I hope you will urge all of your friends, co-workers, neighbors and colleagues to come out and vote for me on that day. The general election will take place on Nov. 3.
For more information about my candidacy, or to find out ways that you can get involved in my campaign, please visit http://www.votefordave.org. Better yet, come to our Campaign Kickoff Party next Thursday, March 12, from 7-9pm at South Street Brewery (106 South St.). I am pleased to report that Becky Reid has agreed to serve as my Campaign Manager while Tad Abbey is coordinating my Media and Promotions; Holly Hatcher is returning as my campaign Treasurer. It’s a dynamic team and I’m proud to have their support.
One last thing. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate asking for money. But we do need some funds to help cover the modest expenses we expect to incur in the months ahead. Virginia law allows for unlimited donations to local candidates, but I detest the corrupting role that money plays in politics so I have imposed a voluntary limit of $500 per donor. Even if you can only give a fraction of that, though, please consider doing so. Checks can be made out to “Dave Norris for City Council” and mailed to 1409 Early St., Charlottesville, VA 22902, or you can donate online by clicking here.
Thanks much for your friendship and support!