Paul Long (I)
Former Candidate for
Charlottesville City Council
|Election||Nov. 3, 2009|
|Date of birth|| Sept. 20, 1949
|Place of birth||Philadelphia, PA|
|Residence|| Venable neighborhood
|Alma mater||Took courses at Chesnut Hill College & Piedmont Virginia Community College|
|Profession|| UVa Medical Center
Long and three other independent candidates argued that a July 20 forum for the Democratic candidates in the race should have included them. 
Long announced he would withdraw from the race at an announcement in late September. His name still appeared on the ballot. 
He has worked in a number of hospitals and healing care facilities, both in professional and semi-professional jobs. He has also supported himself as a free-lance writer, worked in restaurants, done sales, and worked in customer service for Fortune 500 companies. Long is employed by the University of Virginia's department of transportation. 
2009 election for City Council
|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||Paul Long (I) - Challenger|
|Office||Charlottesville City Council|
|Election year||2009 election|
|Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow|
|Candidate interview transcript|
|Candidate interview audio|
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On June 9, 2009, Venable resident Paul Long joined the Charlottesville City Council race on the eve of the filing deadline for independent candidates. Long has lived in the area for eleven years, having moved to Charlottesville in February 1998 from the Philadelphia area to assist with medical care for a family member. Since relocating to Charlottesville, Long has been an employee of the UVa Medical Center where he works in the Transportation Department assisting with patient transportation in and around the hospital.
In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow, Long said he was inspired in part by the City Council candidacy of Andrew Williams (I), a twenty-two year old PVCC student and State Farm employee. "If this young guy can do it, I should do it too," said Long.
Long said there were three issues that would be central to his campaign for Charlottesville City Council: decriminalizing drugs; creating the proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and expanding it to surrounding counties; and providing greater revenues to local non-profits working to support homeless residents.
Decriminalizing drugs will be Long’s top priority if elected. Long said he has eight years experience as an addiction counselor. "Drug use should be treated as a public health issue, as opposed to a matter for the criminal justice system," said Long.
Long also says he will bring significant experience in transportation policy to City Council as a result of his fourteen years of work as a citizen involved with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. In Pennsylvania’s Tinicum Township, Long was appointed by the town as a “citizen watchdog” for the authority’s meetings because of his advocacy for public transportation.
“I am a great believer in the public transportation system,” said Wood. “I think the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is a good idea, but surrounding counties should be invited to join as well.” Long also plans to lobby for increased bus service on Sundays and on holidays. Long has never learned to drive a vehicle and relies on public transit in Charlottesville.
- Candidate Submissions to Charlottesville Tomorrow
- Web. Independent candidate Paul Long declares City Council ambitions, Chiara Canzi, Article, C-Ville Weekly, 22 July 2011, retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Web. Independent Council candidates criticize media for Democrat-only forum, August 9, 2011, retrieved August 9, 2011.
- Web. Independent Paul Long withdraws from race for City Council, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 22, 2011, retrieved September 26, 2011.
- Web. Long files as independent for City Council, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, July 28, 2011, retrieved August 10, 2011.
- 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>.