Sena Magill

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Sena Magill

Biographical Information


Charlottesville City Council
For term to start January 2020
Term End December 2023

Biographical Information

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Sena Magill is a councilor-elect on the Charlottesville City Council. She was elected on November 5, 2019, receiving the most votes in the six-way race. [1] [2] She placed third in the June 11 primary.

In the general election, Magill got the most amount of votes in history for a Charlottesville City Councilor. [3]

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Sena Magill was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to Nelson County at age 6.[4]

Magill is a 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.

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.

Her husband, Tyler Magill, a UVa library employee, suffered a stroke caused by clashes with white supremacists at a torchlit rally on Grounds on Aug. 11, 2017. His carotid artery was partially dissected, which caused a clot that resulted in a stroke. [5]

Election 2019

Magill's campaign received $10,000 from Albemarle County resident Sonjia Smith in the second half of 2018. [6]

At a campaign forum on February 23 sponsored by LauraPAC, Magill cited her experience as a provider of mental health care as an asset. [7]

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[8]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.

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[9]

  • Voters could select up to three candidate


  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. 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.
  4. Web. Sena Magill, Region Ten board member, launches council campaign, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises
  5. Web. Meme-able Magill, Samantha Baars, C-VILLE Weekly, Portico Publications
  6. Web. Longtime area donor injects $150K into local races, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 16, 2019, retrieved January 24, 2019.
  7. Web. Five Democratic council candidates make their cases at forum, Tyler Hammel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 23, 2019, retrieved February 24, 2019.
  8. Web. 2015 November General, State Board of Elections, November 6, 2011, retrieved November 12, 2019.
  9. Web. 2019 June Primary Results - Charlottesville, State Board of Elections, June 11, 2019, retrieved June 12, 2019.

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