Mike Signer, Wes Bellamy will not seek re-election to Charlottesville council
Charlottesville City Councilors Mike Signer and Wes Bellamy say they will not seek another term on the council.
In a series of tweets he posted on Thursday, Signer said he never intended to serve more than one term.
"Another four years would, however, be hard to balance with the competing demands of raising two young kids, my day job, and my work on initiatives like Communities Overcoming Extremis," he wrote.
Signer was mayor during the Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12, 2017 and was
to the events of that weekend.
He was also known
the "Capital of the Resistance" following the swearing-in of President Donald Trump.
In a post on his Facebook page, Bellamy wrote he needs a break for his physical and mental health as well as the well-being of his growing family.
Bellamy has been at the forefront of the effort to remove two Confederate statues in downtown Charlottesville and was serving as the city's
While he is still in office, he says he will continue to work on affordable housing with proposals for Crossings II and having the University of Virginia provide millions to the city for it.
"This city has helped raise me, helped groom me into the man that I am today, and we’ve been able to do some amazing work together. That work will continue," wrote Bellamy on his Facebook wall. "I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon, and I vow to give this city council everything that I can for the rest of 2019. You have my word on that!"
However, his time in office has been
, especially concerning a series of racist and sexist tweets that he posted several years ago.
Due to those tweets, he resigned from a position on a state education board and also left a post at Albemarle High School.
Signer also says he believes there are a number of qualified candidates running for seats on the city council.
Paul Long, Brian Pinkston, John Hall, Lloyd Snook, Sena Magill, and Michael Payne are all running for seats on the council. Former council member Bob Fenwick is also running to reclaim a seat.
Another current member of the council, Kathy Galvin, has also announced she is not seeing re-election. Instead, she is running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.