If you recall (and I bet you do), we got pretty engaged with City Council earlier this year around changing some restrictive city code that was endangering some of Charlottesville’s smaller venues. In the end, Council was receptive to a lot of the ideas we brought forth and we got a largely positive result, albeit with some not-so-sensible restrictions remaining in the Belmont area. Now, in that case, the facts were on our side, we had overwhelming community support, and it was pretty obvious to everybody involved what needed to be done. Next time might not be so straightforward though, and the point of that little anecdote is to highlight the importance of electing a progressive, arts-friendly Council. Of course, while that issue should be near and dear to the Nailgun constituency, it’s hardly the only or most important thing that City Council will face in the near future. There’s also the never-ending parkway/bypass battle, the dredge versus dam debate, as well as increasing poverty, joblessness, and homelessness, to name a few banner issues.
Well, tomorrow (Saturday, August 20th), seven candidates are competing for three slots in the Democratic primary for City Council which, given Charlottesville’s Democratic leanings and the likelihood that Democratic candidates will be chosen in November, is a big determining factor in the Council’s eventual makeup. That’s not, of course, to count out candidate’s running as independents or from any other party, who will have the opportunity to make a showing in the general election in November.
I’m not going to pretend to have a strong grasp on the individual platforms and positions of each candidate. They’re all Democrats, so the literature all sounds a bit alike, variously highlighting ‘Jobs’, ‘Arts’, ‘Education’, ‘Sustainability’, and ‘Conservation’. Folks that I’ve talked to who are following the race more closely tend to emphasize candidates’ characters and position on those aforementioned hot-button issues. So anyway, don’t expect any endorsements from Nailgun — I’d be talking out of my ass –- but here’s a couple resources to inform your decision: 1) Here is a brief introduction to the candidates care the C-ville and 2) here’s a video from local news site Charlottesville tomorrow of the recent candidate’s forum at Random Row, so you can hear it from the candidates themselves:
Voting is from 9AM to 7PM at Burley Middle School on Rose Hill Drive. And if somebody wants to give me a ride, that’d be cool!
And then, for something entirely different. For those seeking refuge from the flood of students pouring on campus, and the deluge of Dave-heads on the mall, pop up to the Tea Bazaar for something entirely less… well… awful. In fact, it’ll be pretty great! Leading off the night are Lynchburg’s The Late Virginia Summers, who play lush, delicately composed, instrumental jams; then it’s Matt Northrup from Greensboro, NC who is both an all-around solid dude and a one-man guitar-loop-shredding badass; and closing things out is Great Dads — aka Adam Smith and Steven Snider riffing really fast and furious on some tight rock numbers. I know it can be a little tough to keep track of all those dudes’ various projects, but trust me that this one is 100% awesome. So, if you think that all sounds like a good time, well… you’d be right! This all kicks off at the Tea Bazaar at 9PM and for just $5.