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Lloyd Snook, president of the Piedmont Housing Alliance, applauds the honorees recognized as "Housing Heroes" on Thursday at the Piedmont Housing Alliance's 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo / Ryan M. Kelly / Daily Progress

Charlottesville defense attorney Lloyd Snook has joined a quickly growing field of candidates for three seats on Charlottesville City Council.

Snook, 65, announced his plan to seek the Democratic nomination in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“The City has a sound economic base; we have good people working for us; and our citizens, by and large, support good government,” Snook wrote in the post. “What we have NOT had in recent years is stable leadership at the top.”

Snook is the fourth Democrat to announce a campaign this week and the third still in the race.

Don Gathers threw his hat in the ring on Monday, but delayed his campaign on Tuesday because of health reasons.

Michael Payne, a local activist, and Sena Magill, a member of the board of directors of the Region Ten Community Services Board, also announced campaigns this week.

The four-year terms of Mike Signer, Kathy Galvin and Wes Bellamy expire this year. None have announced plans for the November election.

Snook graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics in 1974 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1979.

Snook wrote that one of his reasons for running is a “dysfunctional” government he says permeates throughout City Hall, citing what Police Chief RaShall Brackney has called at “mass exodus” of police officers.

“[T]he recent news that the City Police Department can’t keep its positions filled tells us that the lack of leadership is having real consequences beyond City Hall,” he wrote.

Snook laid out three goals for his candidacy — restoring leadership, approving a new comprehensive plan and addressing the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

“City Council has no say on the way in which the School Board runs the schools, but we are coming to understand how zoning and the state of affordable housing, for example, affect the pipeline,” he wrote. “I’d like to see us be purposeful about those other conditions that feed the pipeline.”

Snook will hold a campaign launch party at Bashir’s Taverna at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“As I said, I won’t solve these problems single-handedly,” Snook wrote, “but I hope that I can work with 4 other councilors and a new City Manager to be a part of the solution.”

The Democratic primary will be held on June 11. The deadline for candidates is March 28.

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