Democrat Amy Laufer is a candidate for Charlottesville City Council. Two of the five seats on council will be determined in the November 7 general election. Other candidates in this race include John Hall (I), Heather Hill (D), Kenneth Jackson (I), Paul Long (I), and Nikyuah Walker (I).
Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important quality of life issues. Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews.
Bio: After the traumatic events of the summer, we need compassionate, inclusive and practical leadership. Many of the extremist groups have gone but we are left here to solve the decades’ issues of racial inequalities, affordable housing, job creation, workforce development and strengthen our partnerships with UVA and the County. I hope to help our community heal and move forward. I am on the School Board and have served as chair and vice chair, I’m proud we have increased graduation rates to over 90%. I’m also proud to have founded Virginia’s List, a group that helps Democratic women get elected in Virginia.
Education: BSc. Geology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; MA Secondary Science Education, Columbia University-Teachers College
Occupation: Former Middle School Math and Science Teacher, Currently Member of Charlottesville City School Board
Previous political experience: Appointed Citizen Member Commission on Children and Families, Twice elected Charlottesville City School Board former Chair and Vice Chair
Age on Election Day: 45
Hometown: Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin
Family: Married to, Aaron Laufer, three children, attend Buford MS, Walker UES and Greenbrier ES and have a dog.
Other interests and experiences: Fun Facts: Returned Peace Corps and Americorps Volunteer. Worked in a fish cannery in Alaska for three summers to pay for college and met my husband in the Peace Corps. I am an avid Zumba attendee, I like to read, listen to podcasts and travel.
Telephone: (434) 825-6806