|Atri Michael "Mike" Signer (D)|
Mike Signer, ca. 2015
Charlottesville City Council
|Term Start||January 1, 2016|
|Term End||December 31, 2019|
|Preceded by||Dede Smith (D)|
Council President (Mayor)
Charlottesville City Council]
|Electoral District||Elected by council January 4, 2016|
|Term Start||January 1, 2016|
|Term End||December 31, 2017|
|Preceded by||Satyendra Huja (D)|
|Succeeded by||Nikuyah Walker (I)|
|Date of birth||Jan. 1, 1973
|Alma mater||B.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., University of California
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 
Mike Signer (D) was elected to City Council in November 2015. In January 2016, he was unanimously selected by his peers to serve as President of the council (mayor). He served a two-year term as mayor from 2016 to 2018. Signer is a Managing Principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC and directs the firm's Charlottesville office since 2010, where he practices corporate and regulatory law. He is General Counsel of WillowTree, Inc, a technology firm in Charlottesville, and former candidate for lieutenant governor. He worked for the Center for American Progress, and with [John Podesta] on Barack Obama's State Department Transition Team. Signer earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Clerk at the Legal Aid Justice Center and Research Assistant to Professors A. E. Dick Howard and Michael Klarman. A lecturer at the University of Virginia, Signer previously chaired the Emergency Food Network, served as president of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association, and a member of the steering committee of the West Main Street Redevelopment Project. Signer lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Emily Blout, and their twin sons. In 2017, Signer and his wife, Emily Blout, moved from the Fifeville Neighborhood to the Venable Neighborhood. His sons attend a local Montessori School.
He has also served as president of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association.
Signer announced on March 28, 2019 that he would not seek a second term on Council. 
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.  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. Signer and his wife, Emily Blout, bought their house in Fifeville in 2005. Though they later moved out of Charlottesville, they kept the home. 
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. 
Signer was appointed to the following committees in January 2016. 
- Audit Committee
- Cable Franchise Committee
- Planning and Coordinating Council
- School Capital Projects
- Social Services Advisory Board
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.  Bellamy defended Signer. Fogel tried to respond but was ruled out of order.  
|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|
|Source: State Board of Elections|
Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.
|Candidate Profile Resources|
|Candidate||Mike Signer (D)|
|Office||Charlottesville City Council|
|Election year||2015 election|
|Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow|
|Candidate interview transcript|
|Candidate interview audio|
Audio of Campaign Announcement
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