Sena Magill

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Sena Magill
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Democratic Party
City's official photo, 2020

Charlottesville City Council
Party At-large (salary: $18,000)
For term to start January 1, 2020
Term End January 11, 2023
Incumbent Wes Bellamy (D)
Succeeded by Leah Puryear (D) (February 2023)

Term Start January 6, 2020
Term End January 2022
Preceded by Heather Hill
Succeeded by Juandiego R. Wade

Biographical Information

Date of birth April 24th
Place of birth Birmingham, Alabama
Spouse D. R. Tyler Magill
Children 1
Residence 10th & Page Neighborhood
Alma mater Piedmont Virginia Community College
University of Virginia (Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology)
Profession Retail Sales (Hatpindolly Vintage,
Campaign $ VPAP
Contributions $ VPAP

Sena Magill operates a retail business specializing in low-vintage clothing, vinyl, and antiques in Charlottesville Downtown Mall. A former politician, she served as a member of the Charlottesville City Council from 2020 until her resignation in 2023. City Council appointed former Charlottesville City School Board member Leah Puryear to the vacancy on City Council.

Magill (Democratic Party) was elected to the Charlottesville City Council on November 5, 2019, receiving the most votes in the six-way race for three open seats[1] [2] and the largest number of votes collected in history by a Charlottesville city council candidate. She became vice-mayor of the Charlottesville City Council in January 2020.


Magill was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Nelson County at age 6.[3] She graduate of Tandem School, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia, where she received a degree in psychology in 2001.

Magill worked for the Region Ten Community Services Board from 1999 to 2010 as director of intensive services and graduated the City of Charlottesville Pilot Program (2007). She spent more than five years as a case manager at People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry homeless shelters and worked with On Our Own, a mental health support organization in Charlottesville.

A video showed Tyler Magill running behind Jason Kessler and blaming him for the death of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed when a man plowed through a group of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville. (August 2017)

According to Magill, her husband, Tyler Magill, a UVa library employee, suffered a stroke caused by clashes with white supremacists at a torch-lit rally on Grounds on August 11, 2017. His carotid artery was partially dissected, which caused a clot that resulted in a stroke. [4] A GoFundMe page has raised about $130,000 for his expenses.[5]

Charlottesville City Council (2022-2023)

Committee assignments

Magill was assigned to the following committees:[6]


At the closing of the January 5, 2023 regular council meeting, Magill announced that effective January 11, 2023, she was resigning from office to attend to her family.[7] [8] [9]

According to Mayor Lloyd Snook, “Nobody knew about it until 10:30 last night,” “We have not had to do this since 1967, was the last time that we had to appoint a councilor to fill a vacancy.” For the first time in nearly 56 years, the Charlottesville City Council is having the replace a council member before the end of their term.[10]

Charlottesville City Council (2020-2021)

On January 6, 2020, at the first regular meeting of the council after the 2019 election, the council elected Magill (4-1) to serve as vice-mayor. [11] She served in that position for two years but the role went to Juandiego Wade in 2022.


Sena Magill joins Michael Payne in the race for three open seats on the Charlottesville City Council.

2019 election

In the general election, Magill got the most amount of votes in history for a Charlottesville City Councilor. [12]

Magill's campaign received $10,000 from Albemarle County resident Sonjia Smith in the second half of 2018. [13]

Campaign themes

At a campaign forum on February 23rd sponsored by LauraPAC, she cited her experience as a provider of mental health care as an asset. [14] As a candidate in October 2019, Magill outlined four of the most important issues for Charlottesville:

  1. Affordable housing
  2. Transportation;
  3. Climate change;
  4. Racial equity.
To tackle these issues, she hopes to focus on the City’s zoning code, making the incumbent council’s climate goals a reality, improving the current transit system, and recognizing and addressing unconscious racial biases through initiatives like the Police Civilian Review Board.[15]

2019 General Election results

Candidates Votes %
Sena Magill (D) 8,420 25.97
Lloyd Snook (D) 8,133 25.08
Michael Payne (D) 7,816 24.10
Bellamy Brown (I) 5,736 17.69
Paul Long (I) 1,253 3.86
John Edward Hall (I) 837 2.58
Write-In 232 0.72
Source: State Board of Elections[16]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.

2019 Primary results

Candidates Votes %
Michael Payne (D) 3,657 24.98
Lloyd Snook (D) 3,501 23.91
Sena Magill (D) 3,183 21.74
Brian Pinkston (D) 3,073 20.99
Bob Fenwick (D) 1,277 8.38
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections[17]

  • Voters could select up to three candidate

Top campaign donors

Based on Virginia Department of Elections data from campaign finance reports.[18]

  • $10,000 (Sonjia S Smith)
  • $2,500 Virginia Realtors
  • $1,500 Blue Ridge Home Builders Assn
  • $1,000 Carpenters Legislative Program of Greater Pennsylvania
  • $1,000 Edward Gaynor


City of Charlottesville logo

“I don’t think our current city logo reflects us as a city. We have changed. We have been reexamining who we are and I think a logo is pretty important with that.” ~ Councilor Sena Magill, November 17, 2020


  1. Web. Democrats Magill, Snook, Payne sweep City Council race, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 5, 2019, retrieved November 5, 2019.
  2. Web. Sena Magill, Region Ten board member, launches council campaign, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 9, 2019, retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. Web. Sena Magill, Region Ten board member, launches council campaign, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises
  4. Web. Meme-able Magill, Samantha Baars, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications
  5. Web. Meme-able Magill: August icon recovers, keeps fighting back, samanthabaars, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications, 7:00 a.m. Oct. 4, 2017, retrieved May 2, 2023.
  6. Web. Agendas & Minutes City Council Meeting, City of Charlottesville, January 05, 2022, retrieved May 2, 2023.
  7. Web. Charlottesville City Councilor Sena Magill resigns, Dryden Quigley, News Article, NBC29, January 3, 2023, retrieved January 5, 2023.
  8. Web. Charlottesville City Council Member Sena Magill resigns, Alice Berry, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 4, 2023, retrieved January 5, 2023.
  9. Web. Charlottesville City Councilor Magill resigns, remaining four members will accept applications to appoint her replacement, Angilee Shah, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 4, 2023, retrieved January 5, 2023.
  10. Web. Councilor Magill announced resignation at Tuesday meeting, CBS29 News, January 4, 2023, retrieved January 5, 2023.
  11. Web. Walker to continue as Charlottesville mayor; Magill named vice mayor, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises
  12. Web. Magill made history with most votes of any City Council candidate in history, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 10, 2019, retrieved November 12, 2019. Print. November 10, 2019 page A1.
  13. Web. Longtime area donor injects $150K into local races, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 16, 2019, retrieved January 24, 2019.
  14. Web. Five Democratic council candidates make their cases at forum, Tyler Hammel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 23, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  16. Web. 2015 November General, State Board of Elections, November 6, 2011, retrieved November 12, 2019.
  17. Web. 2019 June Primary Results - Charlottesville, State Board of Elections, June 11, 2019, retrieved June 12, 2019.

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