School Board Member Running for Council

Kathy Galvin is joining the race for the Democratic nomination for City Council, she’s declared in a press release (below). The architect will be making her announcement at noon tomorrow (Wednesday). Galvin serves on the city school board, to which she was elected in 2007. Three seats are coming up on Council, with incumbent Satyendra Huja seeking reelection and incumbents Holly Edwards and David Brown retiring from office. Democrats will select their slate of candidates in an August 20 primary. The election is November 8.

Galvin for Council
For Immediate Release

May 17th, 2011

Charlottesville architect, urban design consultant and School Board member Kathleen M. “Kathy” Galvin will publicly announce her candidacy for Charlottesville City Council at 12 pm this Wednesday, May 18th in front of the Transit Center at the East end of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Ms. Galvin has filed with the Charlottesville City Democratic Party to run in the August 20th “Firehouse Primary” for the Democratic nomination for one of the three City Council positions on the ballot November 8th, 2011.

Charlottesville School Board Chair Leah Puryear will introduce Ms. Galvin, who will then formally announce her candidacy and address the public. Ms. Galvin will have her husband of 24 years, Michael Costanzo, and son Patrick (19) (Ms. Galvin and Mr. Costanzo’s younger son, Kevin, will be in class at CHS), friends, and supporters standing with her at the event.

Kathy Galvin has a distinguished record of public service in elected and appointed offices. Ms. Galvin is the current School Board Representative on the Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA) Redevelopment Committee, and the City’s Capital Improvement Program Committee. Ms. Galvin was Chair of the Development Areas Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) for Albemarle County that gave rise to the Neighborhood Model. She was the School Board’s representative on the Commission on Children and Families and the Weed and Seed Program. Before serving in elected office, Ms. Galvin was a PTO Council Executive Committee Member and PTO President for Johnson Elementary School.

Kathy Galvin has degrees from Boston University (BA 1978) and the University of Virginia, (MA 1986, School of Architecture) and has been a Registered Architect in Virginia since 1989. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a small business owner (Galvin Architects), and was an Urban Design Consultant on the Eastern Planning Initiative, Crozet Master Plan and Places29 Study for Albemarle County. Ms. Galvin is also an adjunct faculty member, teaching Urban and Transportation Oriented Design, with the UVA School of Architecture’s Planning Department.

Ms. Galvin’s comment on the upcoming announcement:

“We’re inviting everyone in Charlottesville to come down to the East end of the Downtown Mall at Noon on Wednesday rain or shine. I am honored that Leah Puryear has offered to introduce me and I am eager to talk to about how we are going to run a positive, issues based campaign for City Council. I believe we can all work together for a city that is Greener, Smarter, Stronger . . . by design.”

Kathy Galvin is also scheduled to appear on Charlottesville—Right Now! with Coy Barefoot on Newsradio 1070 WINA at 5pm on Wednesday May18th. All media and the public are welcome at this event. The announcement will be held under the Pavilion near the Transit Center in the event of rain.

8 Responses to “School Board Member Running for Council”


  • I was there yesterday for Kathy’s announcment. Good crowd. As one who has watched the fractious Charlottesville City School Board for many years, I was stunned to see that every School Board member except Colette Blount (who is a teacher and thus occupied at noon) had come out to support Kathy. No such thing as shoo-in for City Council, but Kathy Galvin should be.

  • Haven’t we already suffered enough from having one member of UVA’s architecture faculty in charge of things?

  • @boss, What are you talking about? I thought Bitsy Waters did a perfectly decent job running the city in the 80’s.

  • Were you asleep when that Cox fellow was around downtown?

  • No, but I was mocking your seemingly random generalization!

  • Galvin just voted to waste $36M on remodeling to schools to return them to the configuration of the seventies and now she wants to be on Council to lobby for and vote for it again.The same about the Computer4Everyone school board initiative at local expense. I wonder what else she is going to dream up to spend millions on. She shouldn’t be a shoo-in but rather a shoo-away.

  • @the boss of me, you’re right on the button.

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