Wes Bellamy

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Wes Bellamy
Wes Bellamy at June 19, 2017 City Council meeting

District Council vice-president
For term to start January 1, 2016
Term End December 31, 2018
Incumbent Dede Smith
Succeeded by Heather Hill

District At-large
Term Start January 1, 2016
Term End December 31, 2019
Preceded by Satyendra Huja

Term Start January 2014
Term End December 2017

Biographical Information

Date of birth November 4, 1986
Alma mater South Carolina State University
Profession Teacher
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 most amount of votes of the three victors. [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]

He will not seek election to a second term. [4]


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. [5]

2013 election

Bellamy sought one of two nominations for Council in 2013. He placed 3rd in the June 11, 2013 Democratic Primary for City Council. [6] [7]

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. [8] 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. [9] After a count of provisional ballots, Fenwick edged Bellamy by five votes. [7]

Bellamy raised $3,828 between January 1 and May 29, 2013. His largest campaign contribution was $500 from Mark Brown. [10]

Bellamy also participated in a questionnaire on public housing conducted by the Public Housing Association of Residents. [11]

2015 election

Bellamy tried again in the 2015 Democratic race, when three seats were up for nomination. [12]

Bellamy made his campaign announcement on February 15, 2015 at C'Ville Coffee. [12] 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[13]

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: [14]

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. [15]


  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. Councilors Bellamy, Signer will not seek re-election, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 29, 2019, retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. Web. Dozen: Bellamy helping city's poorest children reach potential, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, December 27, 2013, retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. Web. Bellamy announces Council candidacy, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 13, 2013, retrieved March 14, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 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.
  8. Web. Szakos makes bid for second Council term official, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2013, retrieved March 14, 2013.
  9. Web. Bellamy, Fenwick in dead heat; Szakos wins easily, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, June 12, 2013, retrieved June 12, 2013.
  10. Web. Palmer, McKeel lead local candidates in fundraising, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, June 7, 2013, retrieved June 10, 2013.
  11. 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.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Web. Bellamy enters race for Charlottesville City Council, Lacey Naff, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 15, 2015, retrieved February 17, 2015.
  13. Web. 2015 November General, State Board of Elections, November 4, 2011, retrieved July 28, 2016.
  14. E-mail. Paige Rice, City of Charlottesville. "RE: list of appointments." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. January 7, 2016.
  15. 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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