I first fell in love with Charlottesville in elementary school when I began spending time in here in summer enrichment programs. There's something special about our city--our amazing combination of history, culture, natural beauty, and diversity.
Our past leaders have left some big shoes to fill when it comes to direction and leadership.
I was flattered and humbled when people began asking me to consider running for a seat on Council. As Emily and I thought about a campaign and how we could best serve Charlottesville, we had many travels around the city.
Whether walking or driving around our city, I'm amazed by our diversity -- our historic neighborhoods and our technology sector, our non-profits and our major employers, our soup kitchens and our parks, our churches and our planned developments, and, of course, the University of Virginia.
I love this diversity. It is the heart of what makes Charlottesville wonderful.
But we also must be wary of putting special interests above the common good of the City as a whole.
As I thought about what I would most like to do on Council, I realized that it would be to build bridges -- to try and create One Charlottesville.
When I hear questions raised about economic development, community policing, or our litter problems, for instance, I try and think about how we can work together for compromises that will serve the whole city -- that will build One Charlottesville.
That is the vision that will be driving this campaign and, hopefully, my service on City Council -- how to work for the City as a whole, how to serve the common good in Charlottesville.
If you would like to learn more about my background and experience, please visit About Mike.