Andrew Williams

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Andrew Williams
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Andrew Williams at his first campaign announcement in 2009.

Party Independent
Election Nov. 8, 2011
For term to start 2012

Biographical Information

Date of birth Aug. 7, 1986
Age 30
Place of birth Detroit, MI[1]
Alma mater Current student at
Averett
Profession State Farm Insurance Agent
Website Campaign website
Campaign $ VPAP database
Contributions $ VPAP database
Andrew Williams was an independent write-in candidate for Charlottesville City Council in the 2009 election and was an independent candidate for the 2011 election. He lost in both attempts. [2]

Biography

In his 2009 campaign announcement, Williams said he has lived in Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna Counties. He only registered to vote in Charlottesville shortly before entering the campaign.

2011 election for City Council

Williams announced on May 29, 2011 that he would once again be an independent candidate for City Council. [3]

Williams and three other independent candidates argued that a July 20 forum for the Democratic candidates in the race should have included them. [4]

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Andrew Williams (I) - Challenger
Office Charlottesville City Council
Election year 2011 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
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2009 election for City Council

Williams failed to qualify to be on the ballot by the June 9, 2009 deadline when he submitted only 93 of 125 qualified petition signatures.[5] Williams announced on June 10, 2009 outside City Hall that he would continue his campaign as a write in candidate.[6] During 2009 he also applied for an open seat on the Charlottesville Planning Commission.


Candidate Votes %
Dave Norris (D) incumbent 6,300 38.7
Kristin Szakos (D) 5,083 31.2
Bob Fenwick (I) 3,293 20.2
Paul Long (I) 1,214 7.5
Andrew Williams (I, write-in) 237 1.5
Other Write-In 141 0.9
Source: City of Charlottesville[7]

Overall voter turnout for City of Charlottesville in this election was 37.31%. Each voter could vote for up to two candidates.

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Andrew Williams (I) - Challenger
Office Charlottesville City Council
Election year 2009 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
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Andrew Williams is a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College and a full-time employee of State Farm Insurance. He has filed the paperwork to become a candidate, according to City Registrar Sheri Iachetta. Williams made his announcement outside of City Hall on May 13, 2009[8].

At his campaign announcement, Williams said his youth would allow for a “new perspective” on City Council but said he understood that his independent campaign would be an “uphill battle.” He pledged to visit all 8 of the City’s precincts to build a grass-roots campaign dedicated to the interest of “students and their families” as well as the working class. Acknowledging that his campaign is in its infancy, Williams said he would be listening to voters in order to develop positions on the issues facing the City. He said public safety will be a major theme of his campaign. A further statement from his campaign regarding his positions will be issued within the next two weeks.

“I have to go and speak with as many people as possible in the City to figure out what are the major concerns that people focus on this year, and this day,” Williams told the media. “I believe that it is very important to look at how the City allocates funds and to scrutinize management of the budget.”

References

  1. Candidate Submissions to Charlottesville Tomorrow
  2. Web. Dems sweep City Council elections, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 8, 2011, retrieved November 8, 2011.
  3. Web. Another candidate announces for City Council, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 29, 2011, retrieved May 31, 2011.
  4. Web. Independent Council candidates criticize media for Democrat-only forum, August 9, 2011, retrieved August 9, 2011.
  5. "Interview with Richard E. Sincere, Secretary, Charlottesville Electoral Board." Telephone interview by Brian A. Wheeler. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 10 June 2009.
  6. Wheeler, Brian A. "Williams fails to get on ballot for City Council; Running a write-in campaign as the ‘fifth candidate’." Weblog post. Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 10 June 2009. Web. 10 June 2009. <http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2009/06/williams.html>.
  7. Official Results November 3, 2009 General Election. City of Charlottesville, 6 Nov. 2009. Web. 6 Nov. 2009. <http://www.charlottesville.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=14908>.
  8. 'Independent Andrew Williams enters City Council race '. 13 May 2009. Charlottesville Tomorrow. 15 May 2009.