Michael Crafaik

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J. Michael Crafaik III (August 9, 1971-December 14, 2008[1]) was a local restaurateur who twice ran as a Republican candidate for Charlottesville City Council.

Biography

Crafaik attended St. Anne's Belfield School and Corning Free Academy in Corning, New York, and graduated from Charlottesville High School and the University of Virginia. In 1994, he founded Michael's Bistro and Tap House on the University Corner[1].

Crafaik suffered from bipolar disorder and took his own life at Sugar Hollow Reservoir in early December 2008. [2]

1998 Election

At a press conference in late March, Crafaik called upon the City Council to hold a plebiscite on the Meadowcreek Parkway.

"Let's not put in the hands of three council members a decision so crucially important to many thousands," Crafaik said. [3]

Crafaik also wanted a switch to an elected school board. [4]


1998 election for City Council

Candidate Votes %
David Toscano (D) incumbent 2,589 57.55
J. Blake Caravati (D) 2,345 52.13
Michael Crafaik (R) 1,679 37.32
James King (I) 1,539 34.21


Voters could cast two votes, one for each of the two seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.

1996 election for City Council

Candidate Votes %
Maurice Cox (D) 2,733 65.40
Meredith Richards (D) 2,625 62.81
Virginia Daugherty (D) incumbent 2,571 61.52
Michael Crafaik (R) 1,852 44.32


Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Obituary, Charlottesville Daily Progress retrieved 26 June 2009 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dpobit" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Web. Life of the party: Crafaik left mark on business, politics, Courteney Stuart, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, December 16, 2008, retrieved July 11, 2012. Print. December 18, 2008 , 751, .
  3. Print: Crafaik demands parkway plebiscite, Kimberly O'Brien, Daily Progress, Media General April 1, 1998, Page B1.
  4. Print: Crafaik would switch to elected city School Board, Daniel Nonte, Daily Progress, Media General April 8, 1998, Page B1.