Brandon Collins

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Brandon Collins
Brandon Collins

Party Independent (Socialist)
Election Nov. 8, 2011
For term to start 2012

Biographical Information

Date of birth June 10, 1973
Age 50
Residence Charlottesville
Alma mater Charlottesville High School
Profession Caretaker - restaurant worker
Website website
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Brandon Collins is a longtime housing advocate in Charlottesville who became the redevelopment coordinator for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority in late summer 2021. [1]

Collins worked for many years for the Public Housing Association of Residents. He also ran as a Socialist candidate who ran for Charlottesville City Council in 2011. [2] but was unsuccessful. [3][dead link]

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Collins is a graduate of Charlottesville High School who has also worked at the Blue Moon Diner. [4][dead link] He is also one half of the duo Barling & Collins. [5]

Collins has also served on the board of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice and has been 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. [6][dead link] 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. [7]

Collins and three other independent candidates argued that a July 20 forum for the Democratic candidates in the race should have included them. [8]

Candidates Votes %
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
Write-In 133 3.0
Source: City of Charlottesville[9]

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
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
Candidate interview transcript
Candidate interview audio

Source website


  1. Web. CRHA Redevelopment Coordinator Monthly Repo, Brandon Collins, Report, Charlottesville Redvelopment and Housing Authority, October 20, 2021, retrieved October 24, 2021.
  2. Web. Announcing My Candidacy, Brandon Collins, Brandon Collins, April 25, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2021.
  3. Web. Dems sweep City Council elections, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 8, 2011, retrieved November 8, 2011.
  4. Web. Third independent joins race for Charlottesville City Council, Sean Tubbs, April 26, 2011, retrieved October 24, 2021.
  5. Web. What is this B.C. of which you speak?, Barling & Collins website, retrieved May 27, 2011.
  6. Web. Guaranteed Employment in Charlottesville!, Brandon Collins, May 27, 2011, retrieved May 27, 2011.
  7. Web. Council candidate calls for jobs for all in city who want one, Sharon C. Fitzgerald, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, September 6, 2011, retrieved September 6, 2011.
  8. Web. Independent Council candidates criticize media for Democrat-only forum, August 9, 2011, retrieved August 9, 2011.
  9. Web. Official Results November 8, 2011 General Election, City of Charlottesville, 8 Nov. 2011, retrieved 15 Nov. 2011.

External Links

Official site