Two candidates have stepped forward and announced their intention to seek the party's nomination for City Council. They are Michael A. Farruggio, a 25-year veteran of the Charlottesville Police Department, and criminal defense attorney Charles "Buddy" Weber, who also serves as unit chairman for the Charlottesville GOP.
Both candidates spoke in front of a crowd of family, friends, and supporters at Central Place on the downtown mall on April 25 (the eve of Farruggio's 50th birthday).
Reporters from WINA-AM, WCHV-AM & FM, WVIR-TV (NBC29), the Newsplex, and the print media (The Hook, Daily Progress, Charlottesville Tomorrow) were there to cover the event.
One reporter said that having Republican candidates for City Council for the first time since 2006 is a "banner story." Expect to see the news on the front pages in the coming days.
After the announcement, Farruggio and Weber appeared on The Schilling Show to talk about issues and their campaign plans.
For those who were unable to attend the launch of the Farruggio-Weber ticket, here is a video of the event:
City Democrats are choosing their two nominees in a primary election on Tuesday, June 11. That same day at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for independent candidates to turn in their petitions and other paperwork to qualify to put their names on the ballot.
For more information about the campaign and candidates, check regularly with www.CharlottesvilleGOP.com.