Independent candidate Paul Long is running for City Council, the Progress reports. The public transit advocate and university employee ran for the same office two years ago, finishing last with 7.5% of the vote. He is running on a platform that includes the decriminalization of drugs, having the bus system expand its area of service, and improving homeless shelters. He’s against the Meadowcreek Parkway. He’s running as an independent because he regards Charlottesville Democrats as too conservative (“Bush-lite Democrats”), putting him in the same company as socialist candidate Brandon Collins. He’s the fifth independent to declare his candidacy for the three seats. Democrats will pick their candidates on August 20, and the general election is on November 8.