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Kristin Szakos is a candidate for Charlottesville City Council. She announced in February 2009 that she would run as a Democrat seeking one of two available seats on Council. Szakos ended up facing incumbents Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro in the first-ever “unassembled caucus” held by the Charlottesville Democratic Party on May 9, 2009. Szakos won the nomination along with Dave Norris.
Szakos has been a Charlottesville resident since 1994 . She is married to Joe Szakos and has two daughters. She currently lives with them in Locust Grove. She was president of the Burnley-Moran PTO, served on the city Special Education Advisory Committee and the board of the Charlottesville NAACP, and currently serves on the Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry. A former journalist, Szakos has spent the past two years as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in Charlottesville.
At her campaign launch, Szakos told a crowd of supporters that she had never considered herself a potential candidate for political office until experiencing the Obama campaign. “I never thought that I’d want to run for office,” said Szakos. “Yet here I am and I am feeling really good about it.”
Szakos said the intends to channel the energy from the Obama campaign into local issues at City Hall. “We need to talk about why there are still such great gaps in opportunity and education in Charlottesville, and work hard to close them,” said Szakos. “We need to speak out about inequality in a town as seemingly progressive and prosperous as ours, and we need to work to change it.” Szakos identified the following items as her campaign pledge:
- Make City government more responsive to under-served neighborhoods
- Get people involved in the decisions that affect their lives
- Listen to all perspectives and strive to find common ground
- Find new and creative solutions to persistent community problems
- Find new ways to save money and reduce energy consumption, and
- Use “people power” to bring needed change
Charlottesville Tomorrow’s News Center
- Charlottesville Democrats nominate Norris and Szakos for City Council Charlottesville Tomorrow. 9 May 2009.
- Szakos launches first campaign for elected office Charlottesville Tomorrow. 15 Feb. 2009.
1132 Otter St
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone:(434) 984-4022 (home)
(434) 987-1042 (cell)
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