Payne, Snook, and Magill move forward in city council race

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Michael Payne, Lloyd Snook, and Sena Magill won the most votes out of five Democratic candidates running for the Charlottesville City Council in the primary election, moving them forward to the election in November.

The candidates were surrounded by supporters as they anxiously watched votes roll in. Payne watched at Quality Pies, Snook was at Three Notch'd and Magill was at Blue Grass Grill and Bakery.

Payne led the way with 3,657 votes. Snook came in second with 3,501 votes. Magill came third with 3,183 votes. Many people at Payne's watch party were also cheering on Magill.

They beat out Michael Pinkston and former Councilor Bob Fenwick.

After winning, Payne said his involvement in the community is what got him this far.

"I think experience, being involved in the community, being a community organizer who's been showing up to city council," said Payne. "Working with local groups and really having a record of fighting for affordable housing and fighting for change locally."

Snook said he looks forward to who he may be working together with in the future.

"First of all, we all get along well," said Snook. "We've had very few disagreements and no instances of anyone saying you're completely wrong about that."

Magill said the race is not over yet.

"The race isn't won," said Magill. "We have some very good independents also running and it's stage one. It's a relay race."

Two independent candidates, John Hall and Paul Long have also qualified for the November ballot. Another independent, Bellamy Brown, is hoping to qualify.

The Democratic candidates said they are ready to keep campaigning and prepare for what's ahead in the November election.

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