Wes Bellamy

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Wes Bellamy
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Wes Bellamy (D)

District At-large
Party Nonpartisan
Election November 3, 2015
For term to start January 1, 2016
Term End December 31, 2018
Incumbent Satyendra Huja (D)
Succeeded by tbd

Vice-president (vice-mayor)
Charlottesville City Council
District Elected by and from council
Term Start January 1, 2016
Term End December 31, 2017
Preceded by Dede Smith (D)
Succeeded by Heather Hill (D)

Biographical Information

Date of birth November 4, 1986
Spouse Ashlee Thompson
Children 2
Residence Tonsler Precinct (301)
Alma mater South Carolina State University
Profession Teacher
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP
Wes Bellamy

Democratic Primary Candidate for
Charlottesville City Council
Election 2013 election - June 11, 2013 (lost)

Biographical Information

Date of birth November 4, 1986
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Wes Bellamy is a member of City Council and a former vice mayor of the city of Charlottesville. [1] He was elected to the Charlottesville City Council on November 3, 2015. He received the largest number of votes in the election. [2]

Tweets made by Bellamy came under fire in late 2016 and prompted many for him to resign from Council. In late December, he resigned from a teaching post at Albemarle High School. [3]

On March 30, 2018, Councilor Bellamy told the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society that he would call upon Council to switch to a system where the mayor is directly elected by the voters, rather than current system in which the mayor is internally appointed by the City Council every two years. Bellamy said this transition would require a change to the City’s charter - but did not specify whether he believes the amendment would grant the mayor additional powers and responsibilities.[4]

Councilor Bellamy will not seek election to a second term. [5]


Bellamy moved to the Charlottesville area in 2009 to work for the National Ground Intelligence Center. He left that position shortly afterwards and began teaching in Albemarle schools. [3] He established the Helping Young People Evolve in 2011 and soon afterwards entered city politics.

Bellamy was honored by the Daily Progress in 2013 as part of their Distinguished Dozen series. [6]

2013 election

Bellamy unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for one of two open seats on the Council in the November 2013 election. He placed 3rd in the June 11, 2013 Democratic Primary for City Council. [7] [8]

Bellamy announced his candidacy on March 13, 2013 at Tonsler Park. Just a month before, he had declared he would not run this year, but changed his mind. [9] He is originally from Atlanta, and moved to the area to take a job at the National Ground Intelligence Center.

Bellamy tied with Bob Fenwick with 1,088 votes each in the June 11, 2013 Democratic primary. [10] After a count of provisional ballots, Fenwick edged Bellamy by five votes. [8]

Bellamy raised $3,828 between January 1 and May 29, 2013. His largest campaign contribution was $500 from Mark Brown. [11]

Bellamy also participated in a questionnaire on public housing conducted by the Public Housing Association of Residents. [12]

2015 election

Bellamy tried again for a seat on the city council in 2015, when three seats for the Democratic nomination were up.[13]

Bellamy made his campaign announcement on February 15, 2015 at C'Ville Coffee. [13] On the election date of November 3, 2015, Bellamy was 29 years old (2 months 22 day younger than James Barr III elected in 1948).

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[14]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.

Audio of Bellamy's campaign announcement:

<play audio>http://s3.amazonaws.com/cville/cm%2Fmutlimedia%2F20150215-Bellamy-Announcement.mp3 </play audio>

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Wes Bellamy (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

Committee assignments

After being elected, Bellamy was assigned to: [15]

Soon after election, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed him to the State Board of Election.

Controversial tweets

Tweets made from Bellamy's account between 2009 and 2014 were first published by activist Jason Kessler in late November and then published in other media outlets. [16]


  1. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 4, 2016.
  2. Web. 2015 November General - Unofficial Results, Virginia State Board of Elections, November 3, 2015, retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. Bellamy resigns AHS teaching position, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 26, 2016
  4. Web. City Councilor Wes Bellamy talks Aug. 11 and 12, local politics with Jefferson Society, Geremia Di Maro, News Article, Cavalier Daily, April 3, 2018, retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. Web. Councilors Bellamy, Signer will not seek re-election, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 29, 2019, retrieved March 29, 2019.
  6. Web. Dozen: Bellamy helping city's poorest children reach potential, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 27, 2013, retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. Web. Bellamy announces Council candidacy, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 13, 2013, retrieved March 14, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Web. It's official: Fenwick to be on ballot for City Council, K. Burnell Evans and Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, June 14, 2013, retrieved June 19, 2013.
  9. Web. Szakos makes bid for second Council term official, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2013, retrieved March 14, 2013.
  10. Web. Bellamy, Fenwick in dead heat; Szakos wins easily, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, June 12, 2013, retrieved June 12, 2013.
  11. Web. Palmer, McKeel lead local candidates in fundraising, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, June 7, 2013, retrieved June 10, 2013.
  12. Web. [ Questionnaire for City Council Candidatesurl=http://www.pharcville.org/2013/06/04/phar-questionnaire-for-city-council-candidates/], June 4, 2013, retrieved June 10, 2013.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Web. Bellamy enters race for Charlottesville City Council, Lacey Naff, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 15, 2015, retrieved February 17, 2015.
  14. Web. 2015 November General, State Board of Elections, November 4, 2011, retrieved July 28, 2016.
  15. E-mail. Paige Rice, City of Charlottesville. "RE: list of appointments." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. January 7, 2016.
  16. Web. Homophobic, sexist, anti-white language abundant in Charlottesville vice mayor's tweets, Anna Higgins and Tim Dodson, News Article, Cavalier Daily, November 28, 2016, retrieved December 27, 2016.

External Links

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