Deirdre “Dede” Smith
|Deirdre “Dede” Smith|
Dede Smith (D)
Charlottesville City Council
|Preceded by||David Brown (D)|
|Succeeded by||Mike Signer (D)|
Charlottesville School Board
|Term Start||July 2000|
|Term End||June 2006|
|Date of birth||October 1, 1955
|Place of birth||Springfield, Vermont|
|Children||Chris & Leigh|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan, B.S. Microbiology|
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Smith was elected as vice mayor on January 6, 2014. 
She is currently on the steering committee of Equity and Progress in Charlottesville, a group calling for greater transparency in city government .
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.
2011 election for City Council
|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|
|Source: City of Charlottesville|
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.  She was the top vote-getter in the general election with 4,213 votes. 
Democratic Primary Video
|Candidate Profile Resources|
|Candidate||Dede Smith (D) - Challenger|
|Office||Charlottesville City Council|
|Election year||2011 election|
|Candidate interviews by Charlottesville Tomorrow|
|Candidate interview transcript|
|Candidate interview audio|
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."
Meadow Creek Parkway
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.
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.
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.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 30 June 2000.
- Web. , Will Goldsmith, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, retrieved 28 May 2011. Print. 9 May 2006 .
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 30 June 2003.
- Web. Dems sweep City Council elections, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 8, 2011, retrieved November 8, 2011.
- Web. Recount confirms Democratic Council noms, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, August 22, 2011, retrieved August 23, 2011.
- 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.
- Web. Fenwick, Long announce bids for City Council, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 24, 2017, retrieved March 29, 2017.
- Web. List of Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Web. 
- Web. Official Results November 8, 2011 General Election, City of Charlottesville, 8 Nov. 2011, retrieved 15 Nov. 2011.
- Web. Democratic hopefuls weigh in on the issues, Graham Moomaw, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 14 August 2011, retrieved 15 August 2011.
- 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
- Web. Piedmont Sierra Club endorses Blount and Smith for City Council, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, August 4th 03:26pm
|Charlottesville City Council, 2012-2013|
|Members||Kathleen Galvin | Satyendra Huja | Dave Norris | Dede Smith | Kristin Szakos|
|See also||List of City Councilors | Recent City Council elections|