Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Independents battle Democrats, each other for City Council

24 August 2011

By: Graham Moomaw
The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA) (link)

"Collins, a 38-year-old musician, restaurant worker and personal care attendant, doesn't beat around the bush about where he falls on the political spectrum. "I am not shying away from the fact that I'm a socialist,' Collins said. 'And I think that's brought me in a lot more support than I anticipated.' Collins favors a 'comprehensive approach' to poverty and the environment, as well as an expansion of public transportation. At candidate forums, he's suggested that every city resident be offered guaranteed employment. During discussions of the water plan, Collins has said that no resident should have their water turned off due to an inability to pay the bills...."