Holly Edwards

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Holly Edwards
Councilor Holly Edwards (D-At Large)

Electoral District At-Large
Term Start January 1, 2008
Term End December 31, 2011

Biographical Information

Date of birth Mar. 7, 1960
Date of death January 7, 2017 (aged 56


Spouse Pastor Kendrick Edwards
Children Christen Edwards
Shelby Edwards
Saturn (formerly Bernice) Edwards
Jean Edwards
Residence Belmont-Carlton
Alma mater Hampton Institute
Howard University
Hampton University
Profession Nurse
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Holly Edwards (1960-2017) is a former member of the Charlottesville City Council who served from 2008 to 2011. She was elected as a Democrat on November 6, 2007.[1] Edwards passed away January 7, 2017.[2]


While on Council, Edwards served briefly as a member of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's Board of Directors and also served on the working group overseeing the creation of the Regional Transit Authority. She also served on the Rivanna River Basin Commission.[3]

Edwards was nominated to serve as Mayor at City Council's first meeting of 2010, but declined to accept the position. Instead, she was elected to serve as vice mayor.[4] [5]

Edwards announced that she would not seek re-election after her first term on council.[6]

Shortly after leaving Council, Edwards was hired by the Public Housing Association of Residents to serve as a part-time Service Coordinator.[7]

In September 2015, Edwards convened a gathering of former mayors and vice mayors.[8]


Edwards was born to physicist Rudolph Kerr, and his wife Bernice, an Educator. Edwards was raised in Washington D.C.

Edwards moved to Charlottesville in 1991 after accepting a nursing scholarship at the University of Virginia. She lived in Belmont-Carlton with her husband, Kendrick, and offspring Christen, Shelby, Saturn (formerly Bernice), and Jean.[9]

In 2004, Edwards was selected as one of the distinguished dozen award given by the Daily Progress.[10]

Edwards was posthumously inducted into the Burley Varsity Club in 2017.[11]


  • Bachelor of Arts-Psychology, Hampton Institute, 1981.
  • Masters of Education-Counseling Psychology, Howard University, 1984.
  • Bachelor of Science-Nursing, Hampton University, 1990.[12]


Edwards worked as a nurse working with the Jefferson Area Board for Aging at the Crescent Hall and Westhaven public housing sites. Before her election to city council, Edwards was a program coordinator with with Public Housing Association of Residents.[13]

Committee assignments

While on Council, Edwards represented the City on the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority, the Rivanna River Basin Commission, and the Planning and Coordination Council.[14]

Past assignments include:

2011 election for City Council

Holly Edward's February 21, 2011 announcement that she would not run for re-election to Charlottesville City Council.[13]


2007 election for City Council

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%.

Candidate Profile Resources
Candidate Holly Edwards (D) - Challenger * 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

Edwards was nominated at a caucus in June 2007 along with David Brown and Satyendra Huja.[15]


  1. Web. Democrats sweep City Council, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 6, 2007, retrieved March 11, 2013.
  2. Web. Holly Marie Kerr Edwards, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, 10 Jan. 2017, retrieved 11 Jan. 2017.
  3. Web. [1], Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 7, 2009, retrieved March 11, 2013.
  4. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 4 Jan. 2010.
  5. Web. Norris stays on as mayor, Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 5, 2010, retrieved January 23, 2023.
  6. Web. Breaking news: Holly Edwards will not seek 2nd council term, Schilling Show blog, Feb 21 2011
  7. Web. Holly Edwards' new post helps housing residents become self-sufficient, Chiara Canzi, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, January 3, 2011, retrieved August 22, 2012. Print. January 3, 2011 , 24.01, .
  8. Web. Former mayors and vice mayors offer advice to City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 7, 2015, retrieved November 13, 2017.
  9. Web. [2], Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 13, 2007, retrieved March 11, 2013.
  10. Web. [3], Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, retrieved November 15, 2010.
  11. Web. Burley Varsity Club honors 11 community members, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 27, 2017, retrieved May 29, 2017.
  12. Web. Holly Edwards, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, retrieved 9 July 2013.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Web. Edwards will not run for second term on Charlottesville City Council, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 21, 2011, retrieved March 11, 2013.
  14. Charlottesville City Council Meeting. City Hall, Charlottesville. 7 February 2011. Public Meeting.
  15. Web. Brown, Edwards & Huja Nominated for Council, Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow, June 2, 2007, retrieved March 11, 2013.