Heather Hill

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Heather Hill
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Democratic Party
City's official photo, ca. 2019

Electoral District At-Large (Salary: $18,000)
Term Start January 1, 2018
Term End December 31, 2021
Preceded by Kristin Szakos (D)
Succeeded by Brian Pinkston (D)

Term Start January 2018
Term End December 31, 2019
Preceded by Wes Bellamy (D)
Succeeded by Sena Magill (D)

Biographical Information

Heather Hill won election to the Charlottesville City Council on November 7, 2017 as a Democratic candidate, placing second in a six-way race. [1] She and Nikuyah Walker were sworn in on December 29, 2017.

Hill was selected as vice mayor at the first meeting of the new city council in January 2018. She supported Sena Magill as vice mayor at the first meeting of the council on January 6, 2020. [2]

Hill did not seek a second term in the 2021 election. [3]

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Election 2017

Hill announced her candidacy in late February 2017. [4]

Candidates Votes %
Nikuyah Walker (I) 7,906 29.13
Heather Hill (D) 7,752 28.57
Amy Laufer (D) 7,697 28.36
Kenneth Jackson (I) 2,186 8.06
Paul Long (I) 804 2.96
John Edward Hall (I) 597 2.20
Write-In 95 na

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

Candidates Votes %
Amy Laufer 6,253 46.07
Heather Hill 4,597 33.87
Bob Fenwick (incumbent) 2,722 20.06
Source: State Board of Elections[5]

Each voter could vote for up to two candidates.

Council Member

Term: January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021
Council Member: 2020 to 2021
Vice Mayor: 2018 to 2019
Salary: $18,000

Political Goals/Priority Issue

Heather is committed to applying her skills, energy, passion, and commitment to work with Charlottesville citizens and stakeholders to create an environment where everyone can flourish.

Her priorities include transparency and accountability in how the City is managed; safety and infrastructure throughout all transportation systems, neighborhoods, and schools; and economic progress and community equity that supports and connects the needs of families and businesses seeking to grow and thrive. She believes the City needs strong leaders who are committed to working collaboratively, taking responsibility, finding answers that the community seeks, and working with citizens to solve Charlottesville’s most complex issues.


Heather was raised in Watertown, New York where her mother taught in the public-school system and father worked much of his career in municipal government. She first moved to the Charlottesville area in 2003 and now resides in the city with her husband Jon and three young children.


Heather received her B.S. from Virginia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2000 where she was named the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior among over 900 students in recognition of academic achievement, extracurricular participation, leadership, and contribution to the advancement of the university. In 2007 she completed her MBA at the UVA Darden School of Business where the faculty awarded her the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship which recognizes the student who contributes the most to the objectives of the school and shows the greatest promise for achieving a useful career.


Prior to serving on council, she worked professionally as an independent business consultant, brand manager, process analyst, and lead industrial engineer.


She has served multiple community leadership roles, including:


  1. Web. First Independent since 1948 win election to Charlottesville City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 7, 2017, retrieved November 8, 2017.
  2. https://boxcast.tv/channel/aleu4lbzxfhtewxk3e7d 31:40
  3. Web. Democratic field for City Council finalized; Hill not running for re-election, Ginny Bixby, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, March 29, 2021, retrieved March 30, 2021.
  4. Web. Heather Hill Charlottesville City Council campaign kickoff, Aaron Richardson, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 21, 2017, retrieved February 24, 2017.
  5. Web. 2017 June Democratic Primary, Virginia State Board of Elections, retrieved June 24, 2017.

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