Sources deep within the bowels of the Charlottesville Democrat establishment confirm a developing intra-party rift that could undermine the impending mayor-ship of Kristin Szakos.
Once considered a fait accompli succession, prospects for vice-mayor Szakos ascending to the mayoral seat—now held by Satyendra Huja—look increasingly dim.
Justifiably feared by the local business community, Charlottesville law enforcement, low-income residents, and city taxpayers alike, Mayor Kristin Szakos would threaten the thin veneer of stability that shrouds City Hall, causing unknown and unknowable economic, social, and legal upheavals.
Szakos’ fellow councilors recognize potential disruptions, and thus have begun to organize in opposition to Szakos. While details have not been finalized, it appears that a majority of council will back another term for Mr. Huja, leaving Ms. Szakos—who desperately covets the Mayoral title— a “bridesmaid” once again.