Alvin Edwards

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Alvin Edwards
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Reverend Alvin Edwards, ca. 2007

Electoral District At-large
Term End October 31, 2010[1]

Electoral District At-large
Term Start 1990
Term End 1992
Preceded by Elizabeth "Bitsy" Waters
Succeeded by Tom Vandever

Electoral District Elected by Council

Biographical Information

Place of birth Joliet, Illinois
Alma mater Wheaton College
Profession Pastor
Religion Baptist

Alvin Edwards is a former City Councilor and former member of the Charlottesville City School Board. He served as councilor/mayor from 1990 to 1992. He resigned from the school board on October 31, 2010.[1]Reverend Edwards is pastor of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church.

Edwards cast the lone vote against allowing traffic to cross the Downtown Mall at Second Street NW. He was a proponent of having Charlottesville revert to town status. [2]

In 1999, he reentered City politics by serving as the Chair of the Charlottesville Democratic Party.[3]

On August 23, 2013 he was appointed to the the Piedmont Virginia Community College Board for a term ending in 2017.[4] [5]


Edwards was born in Joliet, Illinois and attended Joliet Junior College. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Illinois' Wheaton College and got a Master's degree in divinity from Virginia Union School of Theology.

In 1981, he became Pastor at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church.

Election history

2007 election for School Board

Candidates Votes %
Kathleen M. Galvin (I) 3,240 66.27
Colette E. Blount (I) 2,972 TBD
Llezelle A. Dugger (I) 2,497 51.3
Alvin Edwards (I) 2,370 48.7
W. Grant Brownrigg (I) 1,852 38.39
Sean M. McCord (I) 1,649 33.73
Lynette B. Meynig (I) 1,182 TBD
Write-In 79 N/A


Each voter could vote for up to four candidates.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Charlottesville School Board picks McKee as new member, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 12, 2010, retrieved October 12, 2010.
  2. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, August 10, 2006, retrieved July 3, 2020. Print. August 10, 2006 , 0532, .
  3. Rich, Barbara. "Alvin Edwards Returns to Profess the Gospel of the Democratic Party." C-Ville Weekly [Charlottesville] 20 July 1999. Via George Loper's Archive. 26 May 1999 <>
  4. Web. PVCC - News Releases - New College Board Appointments, 23 August 2013, retrieved 23 August 2013.
  5. Web. [PVCC board gets three new members ], Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 23, 2013, retrieved August 26, 2013.
  6. "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results." Virginia Voter Information. Web. <>
  7. "Charlottesville : Past Local Elections." Charlottesville : Home. Web. <>
  8. Deegan, Matt. "City School Board Shakeup in Works." Daily Progress. 21 Apr. 2007. Web. <>

1992 election for City Council

Candidates Votes %
Thomas Vandever (D) incumbent 4,086 56.31
Alvin Edwards (D) incumbent 3,895 54.92
Virginia Daugherty (D) 3,969 54.70
Thomas Hill (R) 3,153 43.45
Thomas Plofchan (R) 2,986 41.15
Thane Kerner (R) 3,122 43.03

Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.

1988 election for City Council

Candidates Votes %
Bitsy Waters (D) 3,496 51.19
Tom Vandever (D) 3,326 48.70
Alvin Edwards (D) 3,332 48.79
David Sheffield (R) 3,291 48.19
Margaret Carter (R) 3,145 46.05
Judith Wright (R) 3,112 45.57

Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.