Magill, Snook, Payne

Charlottesville City Councilors-elect Sena Magill (from left), Lloyd Snook and Michael Payne celebrate their victory on Nov. 5.

The Democratic ticket for Charlottesville City Council held out an insurgent independent to secure the three open seats on the panel in Tuesday’s election.

Sena Magill, Michael Payne and Lloyd Snook were the top three vote-getters, according to unofficial results from the Charlottesville Registrar’s Office.

Magill received the most votes with 8,420, followed by Snook with 8,133 and Payne with 7,816.

Magill said it’s “surreal” that the election is over and she secured a seat. She wasn’t focusing on who had the most votes.

“I wasn’t thinking about numbers,” she said Tuesday night at a gathering of Democrats at Three Notch’d Brewing. “I had no idea how this election was going to go.”

Payne said it’s “a great night for progressives.”

Unaffiliated candidate Bellamy Brown placed fourth with 5,736 votes.

Brown said he plans to run again when two seats are available in the 2021 election.

“We will still hold our government accountable,” he told supporters gathered at Kardinal Hall. “This does not mean the race is over. We can continue to advocate and continue to call out B.S. when it takes place.”

Further back were independents Paul Long with 1,253 votes and John Hall with 837. There were 232 write-in votes.

Long said he plans to “hold them to task” on improving public transportation. This was the highest vote total for Long in his four appearances on the ballot for the City Council.

“I think what that shows is that, even though I didn’t receive a majority, there’s a very vocal minority that cares a lot about the issues I’ve been raising,” he said.

Hall, who could not be reached for comment, was taken into custody Tuesday by Charlottesville police on a bond violation charge, according to city Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania. Hall currently faces two charges of trespassing in the city.

On Tuesday, city residents could cast a ballot for as many as three candidates, but could vote for fewer. It’s unclear how many total ballots were cast, but 5,446 did not include votes for three candidates, according to the registrar’s office.

Magill was the top vote-getter in six out of nine precincts. Snook led in three and Payne, who won seven out of nine in the Democratic primary, led in none.

Snook said he’s “eager” to start working with his fellow councilors. He said the joint campaign the Democrats ran puts them in a position to hit the ground running.

“We actually enjoy each other’s company and hope that will carry over into our relationship with Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill,” he said.

Magill added that, “We all have ideas about where we want to be, and now we have to get the details of how we get there.”

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Nolan Stout is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact him at (434) 978-7274,, or @nstoutDP on Twitter and Facebook.

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