David Brown (City Councilor)

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David E. Brown
David Brown, ca. 2008

Electoral District At-large
Term Start July 1, 2004
Term End December 31, 2007
Preceded by Meredith Richards (D)
Succeeded by David Brown (D)

Term Start July 1, 2004
Term End June 30, 2006
Preceded by Maurice Cox (D)
Succeeded by David Brown (D)

Electoral District At-large
Term Start July 1, 2006
Term End December 31, 2007
Preceded by David Brown (D)
Succeeded by Dave Norris (D)

Electoral District At-large
Term Start January 1, 2008
Term End December 31, 2011
Preceded by David Brown (D)
Succeeded by Dede Smith (D)

Biographical Information

Date of birth Oct. 8, 1954
Age 68
Spouse Jean Hiatt
Children 2
Residence Barracks/Rugby Neighborhood
Greenbrier Neighborhood (since 2018)
Alma mater University of Virginia (BA History)
University of Western States (Chiropractic College)
Profession Chiropractor
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

David Brown is a former Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and former member of the Charlottesville City Council (2004-2011).

2023 election

Brown was briefly a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the race for the House District 54 seat. [1] He dropped out in late February. [2]


  • Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions (March 2014 - October 2022); Appointed by Governor McAuliffe (2014) and reappointed by Governor Northam (2018) to direct agency composed of 13 licensing boards, issuing over 500k licenses in 62 different health fields.
  • Special Assistant to Delegate David Toscano (Nov 2012 - Feb 2014); Supported the Minority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, including fundraising, presentations, policy development and legislation.

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A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, David Brown received a BA in History from the University of Virginia in 1977. He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1981, and returned to Charlottesville in 1982. He is member of the Sportsmedicine Advisory Committee of the Virginia High School League, and served on the Virginia Board of Medicine from 1989 – 1997. He is a past President of Offender Aid and Restoration of Charlottesville, and directed the SOCA Outreach program from 2000 – 2003. He was elected to City Council in 2004, and served as Councilor/Mayor through 2007.

Brown is married to Jean Hiatt and had two sons.

Brown left his practice to serve full-time as a spokesman for the Edison2 project. [3]

In 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Brown to serve as director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. [4]

Committee assignments

In his last year on Council, Brown represented the City on the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority and the Rivanna River Basin Commission. [5]

Election history

Charlottesville City Council

Brown ran for City Council twice, successfully, as a Democrat. He announced in the spring of 2011 that he would not seek a third term. [6]

After Frank Buck held the position of mayor for four consecutive terms (1980-1988), councilors serviced only a single two-year term as mayor. That was broken when Brown became mayor for a second term. [7]

2007 election

Brown announced his candidacy for a second term on April 25, 2007. [8]

Later that spring, he became one of three Democrats nominated at a caucus. [9]

Candidates Votes %
Satyendra Huja (D) 3,797 64.27
David E. Brown (D) incumbent 3,781 50.47
Holly Edwards (D) 3,711 49.53
Peter Kleeman (I) 2,212 na
Barbara Haskins (I) 2,111 35.73
Write-In 95 na

Overall voter turnout for this election was 25.89%. Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%. Charlottesville Tomorrow's 2007 interview with David Brown

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate David Brown (D) - Incumbent * WINNER
Office Charlottesville City Council
Election year 2007 election
Logo-small25.jpg Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow
Candidate interview transcript
Candidate interview audio

Source website

2004 election for City Council

The City of Charlottesville held an election on May 4, 2004 for three open seats on the City Council. Political newcomers Kendra Hamilton and David E. Brown would join incumbent Kevin J. Lynch and holdover councilors Blake Caravati (D) and Rob Schilling (R) on the City Council in July. [10]

Candidates Votes %
Kendra Hamilton (D) 3,465 64.90
David E. Brown (D) 3,366 63.05
Kevin J. Lynch (D) incumbent 3,183 59.62
Ann Reinicke (R) 1,782 33.38
Kenneth Wayne Jackson (R) 1,557 29.16
Write-In 778 14.57
Vance D. High (I) 717 13.43
Source: City of Charlottesville


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


  1. Web. Former Mayor Brown files for House District 54, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Town Crier Productions, January 6, 2023, retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. Web. Courteney Stuart Reports: 54th District candidates share their stories, vision, Courteney Stuart, News Article, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 24, 2023, retrieved February 25, 2023.
  3. McNeill, Brian. "Local Supercar Races toward Multi-million-dollar Prize | Daily Progress." Home | Daily Progress. 20 July 2010. Web. 21 July 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/news/2010/jul/20/local-supercar-races-toward-multi-million-dollar-p-ar-321688/>.
  4. Web. David E. Brown, DC, Biography, Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority, retrieved July 3, 2020.
  5. Charlottesville City Council Meeting. City Hall, Charlottesville. 7 February 2011. Public Meeting.
  6. Web. Eight Years Is Plenty: Brown Wont Seek Re-election to Council, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 21 Apr. 2010
  7. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, August 10, 2006, retrieved July 3, 2020. Print. August 10, 2006 , 0532, .
  8. Web. Brown Announces Bid for City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 25, 2007, retrieved April 17, 2018.
  9. Web. Brown, Edwards & Huja Nominated for Council, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 2, 2007, retrieved March 11, 2013.
  10. Web. Historical Elections Database, Website, Virginia Department of Elections, retrieved April 29, 2021.
  11. Web. Elections Database, Elections Database, Virginia State Board of Elections, retrieved July 25, 2017.

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