2006 election

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The last local elections held in May occured on May 2nd; The Congressional election was held in November.

City Council & School Board (1960-2007)

Source: Straight from City of Charlottesville website on 1/28/2019[1]

City Council Members

  • In Charlottesville, City Council members are elected for four-year terms, with elections staggered each two years.
  • City Council elections until 1970 were held in June of even-numbered years.
  • From 1972 until 2006, City Council elections were held in May of even-numbered years.
  • Since 2007, City Council elections have been held in November of odd-numbered years. If Primaries are held, they are in June of the same year.

City School Board Members

  • Charlottesville City School Board Members have been elected since 2006. Prior to that, they were appointed by City Council.[2]
  • Their elections are held at the same time as City Council’s. They also serve 4-year terms, elected on a staggered schedule every two years.
  • School Board candidates in Virginia must qualify for the ballot as “independents” (by voter petition signatures), so primary elections are never held for school board.

May elections

City of Charlottesville

On May 2, 2006, the city of Charlottesville held elections for two seats on the City Council and three seats on the Charlottesville City School Board). It was the final city election to be held in May.[citation needed]

The city's 1922 charter and 1946 charter each called for elections to be held in June. As amended, the current city charter calls for elections to be held in May.

Prior to the 1972 election (held on May 2, 1972), municipal elections were held in June. The 1904 election (held on June 14, 1904), was the first June election of the 20th (twentieth) century. The city's 1899-1900 charter stipulated that "the election of mayor, aldermen, and all other officers" were to be "held and conducted in the manner prescribed by the laws of Virginia". Held on May 22, 1902, the 1902 election was the last election of the nineteenth century held in May, until the 1972 election.

City Council

The seats held by Blake Caravati and Rob Schilling were up for re-election in the final May election to be held by the city of Charlottesville. Caravati signaled in early 2006 that he would not seek a third term. [3] Schilling announced in February he would seek reelection. [4]

The Charlottesville Democratic Party nominated former fire chief Julian Taliaferro and Dave Norris as their two candidates at a nominating convention in February 2006. [5] [6] [7] The Republicans nominated Schilling the same weekend. [8]

Candidates Votes %
David M. "Dave" Norris (D) 3,947 38.65
Julian H. Taliaferro (D) 3,745 36.67
Robert S. Schilling (R) incumbent 2,460 24.09
Write-In 60 0.59
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[9]

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

(As of July 19, 2004) City Code Sec. 2-35. - Election of city council at November general election.
(a) Pursuant to Virginia Code § 24.2-222.1 and notwithstanding the provisions of City Charter Sec. 5(d) and Virginia Code § 24.2-222, the election of members of city council shall be held on the general election date in November of odd-numbered years, beginning in November, 2007, and biennially thereafter, in accordance with the following cycles:
(1) The election for the two (2) city council seats filled by the council election of May, 2006 shall be held in November, 2009 and every four (4) years thereafter; and,
(2) The election for the three (3) city council seats filled by the council election of May, 2004 shall be held in November, 2007 and every four (4) years thereafter.
(b) In accordance with the provisions of Virginia Code § 24.2-222.1(D), members of city council elected at a May general election shall have their term of office shortened by six (6) months but shall continue in office until their successors have been elected at the November general election and have been qualified to serve.[10]

Candidates forums

  • March 28, 2006: 10th & Page Neighborhood association [11]
  • April 10, 2006: NAACP Candidate Forum [12]
  • April 12, 2006: League of Women Voters [13]
  • April 26, 2006: Earth Week Charlottesvile and Democracy for Virginia [14]

City School Board

This was the first election for Charlottesville City School Board. Previously, School Board members were appointed by City Council. The City Charter was amended in 2020 to reflect this change, fourteen years after it was adopted by ordinance in 2004. [15]

Listen to the event

November 2006 Elections

U.S. Congress

Candidates Votes %
Virgil Goode, Jr. (R) (incumbent) 125,370 59.11
A C Weed II (D) 84,682 39.93
J P Oddo (I-Green) 1,928 0.91
Write-In 99 0.05
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[16]


  1. http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-h-z/voter-registration-and-elections/election-results/city-council-school-board-1960-2007 | accessdate=January 28, 2019
  2. Web. City Council & School Board (1960-2007), retrieved July 21, 2019.
  3. Web. City Councilor Caravati not seeking 3rd term, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 9, 2006, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  4. Web. Rob Schilling Announces Re-Election Bid, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  5. Web. Julian Taliaferro Announces for City Council, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 30, 2006, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  6. Web. [1], Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 22, 2015, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  7. Web. City Democrats nominate Norris & Taliaferro, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 5, 2006, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  8. Web. City Republicans nominate Schilling, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 5, 2006, retrieved May 21, 2015.
  9. Local Election - May 2, 2006 State Board of Elections. retrieved 5 Jul 2009.
  10. http://weblink.charlottesville.org/public/0/doc/199395/Page1.aspx
  11. Web. City Council Candidate Forum #1, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 29, 2006, retrieved June 9, 2015.
  12. Web. City Council Candidate Forum #2, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 12, 2006, retrieved June 9, 2015.
  13. Web. City Council Candidate Forum #3, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 13, 2006, retrieved June 9, 2015.
  14. Web. City Council Candidate Forum #4, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 26, 2006, retrieved June 9, 2015.
  15. Web. HB 1107 Charlottesville, City of; amending charter, city organization, Acts of Assembly, April 7, 2020, retrieved April 4, 2021.
  16. Web. Official Results, Virginia State Board of Elections, retrieved 28 Nov. 2010.