Mayor Norris runs for re-election
Charlottesville's red-headed mayor is looking for another term on City Council.
"I'm running because I have unfinished business to do, in a nutshell," says Dave Norris. "There are a lot of projects in the pipeline."
Top of the list would be a master plan to revitalize public housing. "That's the best opportunity to improve affordable housing and to change the dynamic of poverty in our community," he explains.
Norris is the executive director of PACEM, the organization of churches that provides shelter to the homeless during the winter months.
Kristin Szakos, who served as volunteer coordinator for President Obama's 2008 campaign, has already announced her candidacy for the May 9 Democratic primary, which effectively determines who sits on City Council in Dem-heavy Charlottesville, although voters will go through the motions of formalizing that in the general election in November. Councilor Julian Taliaferro, who ran with Norris in 2006, has not announced whether he'll seek another term.
"They're both friends of mine," says Norris of the possible three-way race for two seats on Council. "Competition is good. I welcome competition."
After more than three years in office, the issue Norris never saw coming when he ran in 2006 was the water supply controversy. "We thought we had that problem fixed," he says. "It never came up in the 2006 campaign. I spent more time on that in the past year than any other issue."