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Criticism of City Council
Shortly after being selected as mayor on January 4, 2016, Mike Signer became the target of activist Jeff Fogel who questioned how and why he had been chosen. Former City Council candidate Paul Long questioned the amount of money raised by Signer for the election. Signer spent $51,305 in the general election compared to $28,632 spent by Wes Bellamy and $23,081 spent by Kathy Galvin.  Bellamy defended Signer. Fogel tried to respond but was ruled out of order.  
Campaign for Commonwealth's Attorney
- Web. Elections for Mike Signer, Virginia Public Access Project, retrieved December 27, 2016.
- Web. Signer chosen as Charlottesville mayor amid public dissension, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 4, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
- Web. Signer elected mayor, Bellamy vice mayor, Lisa Provence, News Article, C-Ville Weekly, January 5, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
- Web. Less prosecution: Fogel announces run for commonwealth’s attorney, Lisa Provence, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 1 Feb 2017