Charlottesville City Council
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|Alma mater|| Grinnell College|
B.A. in Religious Studies
M.S.J. in Print Journalism
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Biographycitation needed]. She is married to Joe Szakos and has two daughters. She currently lives with them in Locust Grove. She was president of the Burnley-Moran PTO, served on the city Special Education Advisory Committee and the board of the Charlottesville Branch NAACP, and currently, as of 2011, serves on the Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry. A former journalist, Szakos spent two years as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in Charlottesville.
Past policy positions
Szakos has called for the city to explore the introduction of a municipal composting system
2013 election for City Council
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2009 election for City Council
Kristin Szakos announced in February 2009 that she would run as a Democrat seeking one of two available seats on council.
At her campaign launch, Szakos told a crowd of supporters that she had never considered herself a potential candidate for political office until experiencing the Obama campaign. "I never thought that I’d want to run for office," said Szakos. "Yet here I am and I am feeling really good about it."
Szakos said she intends to channel the energy from the Obama campaign into local issues at City Hall. "We need to talk about why there are still such great gaps in opportunity and education in Charlottesville, and work hard to close them," said Szakos. "We need to speak out about inequality in a town as seemingly progressive and prosperous as ours, and we need to work to change it."
Szakos identified the following items as her campaign pledge:
- Make City government more responsive to under-served neighborhoods
- Get people involved in the decisions that affect their lives
- Listen to all perspectives and strive to find common ground
- Find new and creative solutions to persistent community problems
- Find new ways to save money and reduce energy consumption, and
- Use "people power" to bring needed change.
2009 Unassembled Caucus
Szakos faced incumbents Dave Norris and Julian Taliaferro in the first-ever unassembled caucus held by the Charlottesville Democratic Party on May 9, 2009. Szakos won the nomination along with Norris.
Szakos won the caucus and ran in the general election with fellow Democrat and Mayor Dave Norris.
General election results
|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|
|Source: City of Charlottesville|
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||Kristin Szakos (D) - Challenger * WINNER|
|Office||Charlottesville City Council|
|Election year||2009 election|
|Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow|
|Candidate interview transcript|
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Confederate statue controversey
At the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book, Szakos asked civil war expert and former UVa professor Ed Ayres if the city should consider removing statues to confederate generals or balance them out with other statues. The question prompted outrage from many who feel that the city's Civil War statues are an important reminder of the area's history. Szakos said that as a result of her comments she was the subject of hostility but felt that the situation still warranted community conversation.
- Kristin Szakos
- 1132 Otter St
- Charlottesville, VA 22901
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Candidate Submissions to Charlottesville Tomorrow
- ↑ Web. City Democrats to decide method for nomination process, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, December 1, 2012, retrieved December 3, 2012.
- ↑ Web. Szakos makes bid for second Council term official, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2013, retrieved March 14, 2013.
- ↑ Web. MPO Policy Board, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, retrieved August 16, 2011.
- ↑ Charlottesville City Council Meeting. City Hall, Charlottesville. 7 February 2011. Public Meeting.
- ↑ Web. Who will be the next mayor of Charlottesville?, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, December 27, 2011, retrieved December 22, 2011. Print. December 27, 2011 , 23.52, .
- ↑ Web. Councilor likes idea of public composting, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 6, 2010, retrieved November 8, 2010.
- ↑ Web. Szakos makes bid for second Council term official, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 14, 2013, retrieved February 19, 2013.
- ↑ "Charlottesville Democrats nominate Norris and Szakos for City Council" Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. Charlottesville Tomorrow, 9 May 2009. Web. 10 Aug. 2009.
- ↑ 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>.
- ↑ Web. Historian talks Civil War as councilor wonders if statues should be torn down, Ted Strong, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 22, 2012, retrieved April 10, 2012.
- ↑ Web. City's Civil War statues remind us of our past, Daily Progress, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 27, 2012, retrieved August 22, 2012.
- ↑ Web. Szakos decries response to statue comments, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, retrieved April 10, 2012.
Charlottesville Tomorrow’s News Center
- Charlottesville Democrats nominate Norris and Szakos for City Council Charlottesville Tomorrow. 9 May 2009.
- Szakos launches first campaign for elected office Charlottesville Tomorrow. 15 Feb. 2009.
|Charlottesville City Council, 2012-2013|
|Members||Kathleen Galvin | Satyendra Huja | Dave Norris | Dede Smith | Kristin Szakos|
|See also||List of City Councilors | Recent City Council elections|