2021 election

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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.[1]

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. [2]

As of 3/1/2021, Charlottesville has 34,471 registered voters in all of the (9) precincts.[3]

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)

2021 Candidate Reporting Deadlines

Campaign Finance Reports Deadlines: As of January 8, 2021[4]

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.[5]

Election Calendar

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

City Council

Two of the five seats on the Charlottesville City Council were up for election, with the terms of at-large Nikuyah Walker (I) and Heather Hill (D) expiring. Hill is not seeking a second term, but Walker was on the ballot for re-election. She withdrew from the race in September, however.


Candidates Votes %
Juandiego Wade (D) 11,730 42.51
Brian Pinkston (D) 10,161 36.82
Yasmine Washington (I) 3,482 12.62
Nikuyah Walker (I) 1,928 6.99
Write-In 292 1.06
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[6]


Voters could cast two votes, one for each of the two seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%. Walker withdrew from the race but was still listed on the ballot

Hill announced that she would not seek re-election in November. Hill served as vice-mayor the first two years of her four-year term.[7]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.[8]

On February 20, 2020, Mayor Nikuyah Walker announced she would seek a second four-year term on the council.[9] 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. [10] [11]

Walker announced her withdrawal from the race on September 8, 2021 citing racism. [12] [13]

Primary

The four Democratic candidates who qualified are Carl Brown, Juandiego Wade, Joshua Carp, and Brian Pinkston. [14][15] Carp dropped out soon after qualifying and did not compete.

Campaign forums

2021 Democratic Nomination Contest (6/8/2021)

Three local candidates will be on the ballot running in the Democratic primary on June 8, 2021 [16]

Campaign Finance Reports
Candidate Raised (as of 4/15/2021)
Carl E. Brown $0
Brian Pinkston $40,578
Juandiego Wade $55,544

Source: vpap.org[17]

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.

Yasmine Washington did not qualify for the Democratic primary ballot and will run as an independent. [7] [18] [19]

Charlottesville native Carl Brown is another candidate who declared on the I Love Cville show.

Software engineer Joshua Carp announced his bid on Twitter on March 23, 2021. [20] Even though he qualified for the ballot, he dropped out citing anxiety concerns. [21] [22]

Charlottesville School Board member Juandiego Wade announced his candidacy on January 11, 2021. [23] [24] [25]

Early in the year, Brian Pinkston indicated he would seek a second shot. [23] [24] [25]

Candidate forums

City Constitutional Officers

Sheriff

James Brown

Treasurer

Todd Divers

Commissioner of the Revenue

Jason Vandever

Commonwealth's Attorney

Joe Platania
Ray Szwabowski

City School Board

There are five 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. [27]

Puryear announced in mid-April that she would seek a fifth term. [28]

Realtor and former teacher Emily Dooley announced her candidacy. [29]

Parent Christa Bennett will also run for one of the seats. [30]

Albemarle County educator Dom Morse is also a candidate. [31]

Albemarle County

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

Three of the six seats on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors were on the ballot but none were contested, with the terms of Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett), Liz Palmer (Samuel Miller), and Ned Gallaway (Rio) expiring.

Palmer did not seek a third term. [32]

Jim Andrews has filed paperwork to be a candidate in the primary. [33] He was the only Democrat to qualify for the June 8 primary. [34]

Diantha McKeel formally announced her candidacy for a third term on April 6, 2021 [35] [36] [37]


Candidates Votes %
Diantha McKeel (D) 3,796 95.4
Write-in 183 4.60
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections [38]
Candidates Votes %
Ned Gallaway (D) 6,399 95.94
Write-in 271 4.06
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[39]
Candidates Votes %
Jim Andrews (D) 6,322 92.79
Write-in 491 7.21
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[40]

Albemarle County School Board

Three of the seven seats on the Albemarle County School Board were contested. There were the Jack Jouett, Rio, and Samuel Miller districts.

Louisa County

In the Patrick Henry district, Fitzgerald D. Barnes defeated challenger William Woody Jr. by a four-vote margin after absentee and provisional ballots were counted. [41]

Nelson County

Nelson County Board of Supervisors

In the North District, former School Board member Democrat Mary Cunningham is challenging incumbent Tommy Harvey. [42]

In the Central District, Democrat Ernie Reed is seeing a second term. [43]

House of Delegates

57th District

Sally Hudson (D) will be running for re-election to the 57th House District.

Democrat Sally Hudson is the incumbent. She had $108,943 cash on hand as of December 31, 2020. [44]

Republican Philip Hamilton is challenging the seat. [45]

58th District

Republican Rob Bell is the incumbent. He had $167,319 cash on hand as of December 31, 2020. [46]

59th District

Republican Matt Farriss is the current incumbent.

Democrat Ben Moses is going to mount a challenge. [47] [48]

So is independent Louis V. Scicli. [49]

Statewide

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. [50]

Demographics

The following table displays demographic data provided by the United States Census Bureau.[51]

Demographic data for Charlottesville, VA (2015-2019)
Charlottesville Virginia
Total Population (estimates: July 1, 2019): 47,266 8,535,519
White: 70.60% 69.40%
Black/African American: 18.80% 19.90%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.20% 0.50%
Asian: 7.10% 6.90%
Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander: 0.10% 0.10%
Two or More: 2.90% 3.20%
Hispanic/Latino: 5.50% 9.80%
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%
Bachelor's degree: 54.90% 38.80%
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

See also: City of Charlottesville Ten Year Election Calendar & Schedule

  • 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.[52]

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