Mike Signer

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Mike Signer

Term Start January 2016
Term End December 2019

Term Start January 4, 2016
Term End December 2017
Preceded by Satyendra Huja
Succeeded by Nikuyah Walker

Biographical Information

Date of birth Jan. 1, 1973
Age 47
Spouse Emily Blout
Children 2 boys
Alma mater B.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., University of California
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law [1]
Profession Attorney
Website http://www.mikesigner.com/
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Michael Signer was elected to City Council in the election of 2015. He served as mayor for the first two years of his term. [2] [3]

He was elected to the Charlottesville City Council on November 3, 2015. [4]

Signer is a Charlottesville attorney and one of three Democratic nominees for City Council in the 2015 election. [5]

He has also served as president of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association.

He announced on March 28, 2019 that he would not seek a second term on Council. [6]


Signer attended Washington and Lee High School in Arlington County. He credits attending Earth Day in 1990 as one reason he sought out public service. [1] At Princeton University, he helped work on the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. After graduation he worked on a series of internships and campaigns including Mark Warner's unsuccessful bid for Senate in 1996. He earned a Ph.D. in political theory from the University of California but chose to apply his education to practice rather than remain an academic. He decided to attend law school at the University of Virginia. He bought his house in Fifeville in 2005. Though he moved out of Charlottesville, he kept the home. [1]

Signer then worked as a policy fellow for organizations such as Third Way and Center for American Progress. He also taught at Virginia Tech during this period. Signer decided to seek office after being inspired by Tom Perriello's successful run for Virginia's 5th Congressional District. In 2009, he ran for lieutenant governor and received 21 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. He also founded his law firm, the Madison Law & Strategy Group and wrote his first book. [1]

Signer moved back to Charlottesville in 2013 with his wife, Emily Blout. He got involved with several groups including the Fifeville Neighborhood Association. [1]

Committee assignments

Signer was appointed to the following committees in January 2016. [7]


Shortly after being selected as mayor on January 4, 2016, 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. [8] Bellamy defended Signer. Fogel tried to respond but was ruled out of order. [9] [10]

2015 election

Candidates Votes %
Wes Bellamy (D) 4,688 29.67
Kathleen M. Galvin (D) incumbent 4,590 29.05
Mike Signer (D) 4,309 27.28
Anson Parker (R) 1,208 7.65
Scott Bandy (I) 691 4.37
Write-In 312 3.0
Source: State Board of Elections[11]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Mike Signer (D)
Office Charlottesville City Council
Election year 2015 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
Candidate interview transcript
Candidate interview audio

Source website

Audio of Campaign Announcement

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Web. For Mayor Signer, public service is 'the cause of my life', Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 9, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  2. Web. Signer as Charlottesville mayor amid public dissension, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 4, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 4, 2016.
  4. Web. 2015 November General - Unofficial Results, Virginia State Board of Elections, November 3, 2015, retrieved November 3, 2015.
  5. Web. Signer launches race for Charlottesville City Council, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 11, 2015, retrieved February 12, 2015.
  6. Web. Councilors Bellamy, Signer will not seek re-election, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 29, 2019, retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. E-mail. Paige Rice, City of Charlottesville. "RE: list of appointments." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. January 7, 2016.
  8. Web. Elections for Mike Signer, Virginia Public Access Project, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. Web. Signer elected mayor, Bellamy vice mayor, Lisa Provence, News Article, C-Ville Weekly, January 5, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  10. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 4, 2016.
  11. Web. 2015 November General, State Board of Elections, November 4, 2011, retrieved July 28, 2016.

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