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Charlottesville City Council
|Election||Nov. 8, 2011|
|For term to start||2012|
|Date of birth|| June 10, 1973
|Alma mater||Charlottesville High School|
|Profession||Caretaker - restaurant worker|
Collins serves on the board of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and is the secretary of the Socialist Party of Central Virginia.
2011 election for City Council
On the campaign trail, Collins said he intended to challenge the state's 'Dillon Rule' which limits the authority of local governments without expressed consent of the Virginia General Assembly.
Collins has called for Charlottesville Area Transit service to be extended into late night hours, and has also called for a "guaranteed wage" for all Charlottesville residents.  He has also called for Charlottesville to open its own job center and that the city should pay its employees no less than $12.01 an hour. 
Collins and three other independent candidates argued that a July 20 forum for the Democratic candidates in the race should have included them. 
|Satyendra Huja (D) incumbent||4,608||33.3|
|Kathleen Galvin (D)||4,601||33.2|
|Deirdre “Dede” Smith (D)||4,547||41.2|
|Bob Fenwick (I)||2,539||53.7|
|Brandon Collins (I)||1,477||31.2|
|Andrew Williams (I)||994||25.0|
|Scott Bandy (I)||399||3.6|
|Paul Long (I)||313||7.9|
|Source: City of Charlottesville|
Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.
|Candidate Profile Resources|
|Candidate||Brandon Collins (I) - Challenger|
|Office||Charlottesville City Council|
|Election year||2011 election|
|Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow|
|Candidate interview transcript|
|Candidate interview audio|
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- Web. Announcing My Candidacy, Brandon Collins, Brandon Collins, April 25, 2011, retrieved April 25, 2011.
- Web. Dems sweep City Council elections, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 8, 2011, retrieved November 8, 2011.
- Web. Third independent joins race for Charlottesville City Council, Sean Tubbs, April 26, 2011, retrieved April 28, 2011.
- Web. What is this B.C. of which you speak?, Barling & Collins website, retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Web. Guaranteed Employment in Charlottesville!, Brandon Collins, May 27, 2011, retrieved May 27, 2011.
- Web. Council candidate calls for jobs for all in city who want one, Sharon C. Fitzgerald, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, September 6, 2011, retrieved September 6, 2011.
- Web. Independent Council candidates criticize media for Democrat-only forum, August 9, 2011, retrieved August 9, 2011.
- Web. Official Results November 8, 2011 General Election, City of Charlottesville, 8 Nov. 2011, retrieved 15 Nov. 2011.