Signer elected mayor, Bellamy vice mayor

Mayor Mike Signer and Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy had their first official City Council meeting January 4.
File photo Mayor Mike Signer and Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy had their first official City Council meeting January 4. File photo

Newly elected Mayor Mike Signer promised respect and results at the first City Council meeting of the year but received a test in maintaining order when he was greeted by protesters and disrupted twice by angry constituents. The council elected another first-termer, Wes Bellamy, vice mayor.

Rumors that Signer would be the next mayor were confirmed at the beginning of the January 4 council meeting, and press releases announcing the new leadership went out within 10 minutes of the meeting’s start.

The amount of money spent on the race—nearly $100,000, the costliest council election ever—was one issue cited during public comment, along with the “systemic racism” that divides the city economically. “You’re absolutely right,” said Bellamy of the latter. “We’re prepared to deal with that.”

Civil rights attorney Jeff Fogel was the first to comment, and he denounced the behind-the-scenes selection of mayor. He said it was hard to believe Signer’s support of transparency “when you start out with no transparency.” Bellamy later said he was happy to discuss why he voted for Signer.

Paul Long, a former City Council candidate, organized a protest about development and gentrification before the meeting. He, too, was concerned about the amount of money spent on the election and said, “I’m very cynical about this council.” When he ran out of time during public comment and Signer cut him off, Long said, “You’re in the pocket of big business.”

After public comment and follow-ups from councilors, Fogel stood up and began to respond to Bellamy. “This is not proper procedure,” Signer said repeatedly. “You’re a lawyer. You know parliamentary procedure.”

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Oh my friend you’re not really up to dealing with irony are you? You must be one of those flyover types looking for any place in the internet to jump in and talk Trump in a context to which you do not pertain nor understand. I quite enjoy Bruno Hob’s post here, and a lot of other discussions. But you’re not from around here are ya?

Morris [US], Al
Morris [US], Al

Yes, I am from around here thank you which is nothing to brag about these days. You seem more interested in displaying your writing skills than making a point. I’m not sure how you managed to drag Trump into the conversation but that’s what all social conversations often lead to. First Trump then of course the inevitable comparison to Hitler. Carry on PG, I will refrain from further interpretations or misinterpretations of your posts. Even if I possessed the writing skills to do so, articulating my thoughts in your style is just not my cup of tea. 😉

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PG Tips

Sorry to make it so hard on you. Actually you didn’t “talk Trump” at all, so my bad. I certainly wouldn’t expect you to drag yourself into something not your righteous cuppa, but feel free to respond to the conversation as many times as you need to.

Morris [US], Al
Morris [US], Al

It’s an oldie but a goodie and Clown Central is still in charge of the Charlottesville city government. I just couldn’t resist. Apparently neither can you.