Deirdre “Dede” Smith

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Deirdre “Dede” Smith
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Dede Smith (D)

Term Start 2012
Term End 2015
Preceded by David Brown (D)
Succeeded by Mike Signer (D)

Term Start July 2000[1]
Term End June 2006[2][3]

Term Start 2004
Term End 2005

Biographical Information

Date of birth October 1, 1955
Age 67
Place of birth Springfield, Vermont
Spouse Tim Wilson
Children Chris & Leigh
Alma mater University of Michigan, B.S. Microbiology
Website Campaign Website
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP
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Deirdre "Dede" Smith served one term on the Charlottesville City Council from 2012 to 2015. [4] [5]

Smith was elected as vice mayor on January 6, 2014. [citation needed]

She was a candidate in the 2015 election. [6]

She is currently on the steering committee of Equity and Progress in Charlottesville, a group calling for greater transparency in city government [7].


Smith is a former member of the Charlottesville School Board and an active member of the group Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan. She also served for a time as director of the Ivy Creek Natural Area. In 2004, Smith was selected as one of the distinguished dozen award given by the Daily Progress[8].

In 2007, Smith co-founded the Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan, which advocates for a reevaluation of the Community Water Plan to install more environmentally sustainable provisions.[9]

2011 election for City Council

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[10]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates. On June 13, Dede Smith announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination to run for Charlottesville City Council. She was nominated in the fifth-round of counting in the party's firehouse primary, with 31 votes over Paul Beyer. [5] She was the top vote-getter in the general election with 4,213 votes. [citation needed]

Campaign announcement


Democratic Primary Video

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Dede Smith (D) - 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


Smith has stated that her highest priority is "to balance the positive aspects of growth and development with the commitment to preserve the natural and historic beauty of Charlottesville."[11]

Meadow Creek Parkway

Smith, along with fellow democratic primary contender Colette Blount, does not support construction of the city portion of the Meadow Creek Parkway[11].

Water Supply

As a member of Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan, and with primary contenders Blount, Brevy Cannon, and James Halfaday, Smith supports dredging rather than new Ragged Mountain Dam sconstruction.[11][12]


Smith favors subsidies to help residents in moderate and low-income housing make their homes more energy and water efficient, supports adult education in GED, literacy and skills training for residents lacking the degree and skills needed to get a job. Smith stresses enforcement of Section 3 of the HUD Act to assure that residents are first in line for jobs created as redevelopment of public housing occurs.[11]


Smith encourages use of alternative and public transportation to offset the need for more roads, including providing a network of dedicated byways for bikes and pedestrians. Smith would like to expand the Free Trolley model to more popular destinations such as Barracks Road and along other major arteries.[11]


The Piedmont Sierra Club endorsed Smith and Colette Blount[13].


  1. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 30 June 2000.
  2. Web. [1], Will Goldsmith, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved 28 May 2011. Print. 9 May 2006 .
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 30 June 2003.
  4. Web. Dems sweep City Council elections, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 8, 2011, retrieved November 8, 2011.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Web. Recount confirms Democratic Council noms, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 22, 2011, retrieved August 23, 2011.
  6. Web. So far, five Democrats to vie for 3 City Council nominations in June primary, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 24, 2015, retrieved February 25, 2015.
  7. Web. Fenwick, Long announce bids for City Council, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 24, 2017, retrieved March 29, 2017.
  8. Web. List of Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved November 15, 2010.
  9. Web. [2]
  10. Web. Official Results November 8, 2011 General Election, City of Charlottesville, 8 Nov. 2011, retrieved 15 Nov. 2011.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Web. Democratic hopefuls weigh in on the issues, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 14 August 2011, retrieved 15 August 2011.
  12. Web. FLAWS- Tripled rates, spun numbers, and Conservancy conflicts: Why the war on dredging slogs on, Hawes Spencer, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, Thursday Jul 28th, 2011
  13. Web. Piedmont Sierra Club endorses Blount and Smith for City Council, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, August 4th 03:26pm

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