This page is an overview of the 2021 local elections in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Please note that while this may be the latest information taken from the City of Charlottesville website and Virginia Department of Elections, the dates and details are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the candidate seeking election and voter to verify the accuracy of the information.
The 2021 primary election will be held Tuesday June 8, 2021 and the 2021 general election will be held on Tuesday November 2, 2021.
Boundaries for legislative seats in the General Assmembly will not be redrawn until after this election due to later-than-expected Census results. 
As of 3/1/2021, Charlottesville has 34,471 registered voters in all of the (9) Precints.
|November 2, 2021 General and Special Elections|
|Filing Open (Primary candidates)||Saturday, January 2, 2021|
|Filing Open (Non-primary party & independent candidates):||Saturday, January 2, 2021|
|Filing Open (Primary candidates):||Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.|
|Filing Deadline (Primary candidates):||Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.|
|Party Certification of Primary Candidates (deadline to file):||Tuesday, March 30, 2021|
|Primary election (partisan candidates):||June 8, 2021|
|Filing Deadline (Non-primary party & independent candidates):||Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (second Tuesday in June)|
|Parties last day to file for General Election:||Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (second Tuesday in June)|
|Filing deadline (independent/minor party):||August 13, 2021|
|General election:||Tuesday, November 2, 2021|
|Local Certification Deadline:||Not to exceed 7 days from the date of the election. (24.2-671)|
- 1 2021 Candidate Reporting Deadlines
- 2 Election Calendar
- 3 City of Charlottesville
- 4 Albemarle County
- 5 Nelson County
- 6 House of Delegates
- 7 Statewide
- 8 Demographics
- 9 Election Calendar & Office Term
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
2021 Candidate Reporting Deadlines
Campaign Finance Reports Deadlines: As of January 8, 2021
|Candidate Committee Whose Office is on the Ballot on November 2, 2021:|
|Activity Beginning||Activity Ending||Report Due|
|January 1, 2021||March 31, 2021||April 15, 2021|
|April 1, 2021||May 27, 2021||June 1, 2021|
|May 28, 2021||June 30, 2021||July 15, 2021|
|July 1, 2021||August 31, 2021||September 15, 2021|
|September 1, 2021||September 30, 2021||October 15, 2021|
|October 1, 2021||October 21, 2021||October 25, 2021|
|October 22, 2021||November 25, 2021||December 2, 2021|
|November 26, 2021||December 31, 2021||January 18, 2022|
- Electronic filers must file with the Department of Elections by 11:59pm on the day of the deadline. Note: Anticipate Large Pre-Election Contribution reporting to happen May 28, 2021 through June 7, 2021, and Large Pre-Election Contribution reporting to happen October 22, 2021 through November 1, 2021.
Campaign finance requirements: While federal laws regulate the use of money in federal elections (i.e., presidential and congressional elections), the states themselves implement and enforce campaign finance laws for state-level candidates (such as city council and state legislators). Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.
|YEAR||PRIMARY ELECTION(S)||GENERAL ELECTION||OFFICE|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||City Council (2 seats: Walker’s and Hill’s); City Constitutional Offices (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney; City School Board (3 seats: Larson-Torres’, Puryear’s, Wade’s); Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District; Attorney General of Virginia (Herring's seat*); Lieutenant Governor; Governor|
City of Charlottesville
To be listed on the ballot for City Council, candidates must either be nominated by one of the two recognized political parties, or file a petition with the signatures of 125 registered City voters. Candidates may also seek election through “write-in” ballots. For independent candidates and party candidates not nominated by a primary who want to be placed on a November election ballot, the candidate-filing deadline is always by 7 pm on the second Tuesday in June. The deadline for primary candidates was in late March.
Councilor Heather Hill (D) has announced that she will not seek re-election in November. Hill served as vice-mayor the first two years of her four-year term.She says there are several personal reasons why she decided not to run, but the big one is the culture at City Hall. She added the toxicity discourages staff, council officials, and community members from using their voice and getting things done.
On February 20, 2020, Mayor Nikuyah Walker announced she would seek a second 4-year term on the council. Walker won in 2017 as an independent. Walker was silent about her candidacy and mused she may not follow through, but announced on May 21, 2021 that she would proceed with the campaign.  
2021 Democratic Nomination Contest (6/8/2021)
Three local candidates will be on the ballot running in the Democratic primary on June 8, 2021 
Campaign Finance Reports
|Candidate||Raised (as of 4/15/2021)|
|Carl E. Brown||$0|
Originially five Democrates were seeking the two party nominations in the June 8 primary. One of the qualified candidated dropped out of race citing anxiety concerns, while a fifth person failed to make the ballot and will now run as an independent.
Charlottesville native Carl Brown is another candidate who declared on the I Love Cville show.
- March 10, 2021 – Fry's Spring Neighborhood Association candidate forum 
- April 6, 2021 – I Love Cville forum moderated by former City Councilor Kathy Galvin
- May 20, 2021 – Martha Jefferson Neighborhood Association candidates forum
City Constitutional Officers
Commissioner of the Revenue
City School Board
There are four candidates for three seats. The terms of Leah Puryear, Lisa Larson-Torres, and Juandiego R. Wade expire at the end of in 2021. Wade announced a candidacy for City Council in January, guaranteeing at least one newcomer will join the board in 2022.
Larson-Torres announced in February she would run again. 
Puryear announced in mid-April that she would seek a fifth term. 
Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Palmer is not seeking a third term.  There will be a primary on June 8. Jim Andrews has filed paperwork to be a candidate in the primary.  He was the only Democrat to qualify for the June 8 primary. 
Albemarle County School Board
Nelson County Board of Supervisors
House of Delegates
Sally Hudson (D) will be running for re-election to the 57th House District.
Republican Matt Farriss is the current incumbent.
Statewide, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and House of Delegates will be contested.
Republicans will use an unassembled convention to choose their statewide candidates. 
The following table displays demographic data provided by the United States Census Bureau.
|Demographic data for Charlottesville, VA (2015-2019)|
|Total Population (estimates: July 1, 2019):||47,266||8,535,519|
|American Indian/Alaska Native:||0.20%||0.50%|
|Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander:||0.10%||0.10%|
|Two or More:||2.90%||3.20%|
|Owner-occupied housing unit rate:||42.80%||66.30%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units:||$299,600||$273,100|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -w/mortgage:||$1,612||$1,799|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -w/o mortgage:||$536||$479|
|Median gross rent:||$1,142||$1,234|
|High school graduate:||91.10%||89.70%|
|Total retail sales per capita (2012):||$17,016||$13,438|
|Median household income:||$59,471||$74,222|
|Persons in poverty:||24.10%||9.90%|
|Population per square mile:||4,246.40||202.6|
|Land area in square miles:||10.24||39,490.09|
Election Calendar & Office Term
|YEAR||PRIMARY ELECTION||GENERAL ELECTION||TYPE||OFFICE||TERM|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||Local||City Council (2 seats: Walker's and Hill's)||4-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||Local||City Constitutional Officers (except Clerk of Court): Sheriff, Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Commonwealth's Attorney||4-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||Local||City School Board (3 seats: Larson-Torres’, Puryear’s, Wade’s)||4-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||State||Virginia House of Delegates, 57th District* (Hudson's seat)||2-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||State||Attorney General of Virginia (Herring's seat)||4-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||State||Lieutenant Governor||4-year|
|2021||June 8, 2021||November 2, 2021||State||Governor||4-year|
- On November 3, 2020, Virginia voters approved a new amendment to the State Constitution that will change the way the Commonwealth does its biennial redistricting.
- On March 18, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed SB 1148. It moves the non-presidential primary from the second week in June to the third week in June. The bill takes effect in 2022 and thereafter.
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