Dede Smith joins crowded Council field
A sixth Democrat has announced a run for City Council, and she's the second Dem to oppose the plan to build a controversial mega-dam and cross-county waterpipe. Saying that she's proud of her history of leadership, this former chair of the Charlottesville City School Board and director of the Ivy Creek Foundation made her announcement June 13 in Forest Hills Park. Joining her in support were current mayor Dave Norris as well as former mayors Francis Fife, Nancy O'Brien, and Maurice Cox. Smith enters a field that includes one incumbent, Satyendra Huja, and three other Democrats– Kathy Galvin, Peter McIntosh, and Paul Beyer– who, like Huja, support the mega-dam plan, while Dem candidate James Halfaday does not.
The race also includes one Socialist– dredging advocate Brandon Collins– who is running as an independent along with three others: Bob Fenwick, a dredge-promoting contractor, Scott Bandy, and Andrew Williams.