Sena Magill

For Charlottesville City Council

Hello -

I’m Sena Magill and I’m running for Charlottesville City Council.

I’ve lived in and around Charlottesville since I was six years old, and I care deeply about this community and the people who live here. I’ve been a mental health professional working in the city for over 15 years, and I currently serve on the board of Region Ten. I’m also a Downtown business owner and a mom to wonderful daughter at Walker Upper Elementary. Fundamentally, I’m running because I want my daughter to live in a diverse and vibrant community where all members feel equal, respected, and safe.

I would love to earn your support.

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The Issues

Affordable Housing

Fighting for Affordability

The lack of affordable housing is a crisis that has been growing in our city, and others, for years. Affordable housing can not be solved with just one approach: we must engage in a multi-pronged strategy. Provide pre-approved plans for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) to streamline the zoning process; make interest-free loans to people putting in ADU's who are willing to guarantee affordable rent; work with developers to increase quality affordable units for people with the lowest incomes; follow the planning commission's recommendations and clean up the parts of the zoning code that are worsening the affordable housing crisis; provide energy-efficient low income units to reduce our carbon footprint as well as keep utility bills low for low income residents. These ideas are not the whole solution, but these combined with others can end this crisis.


Reducing Barriers & Building Bridges

Education has come up in many conversations that I’ve had recently. Our middle school buildings are beyond max capacity and are old. Despite much good work by theschool board, we must continue to improve our efforts to reduce the achievement gap between minority and non-minority children. I do not know all the answers to these problems, but I want to hear from people who have ideas. In UVA’s Curry School, our community has access to one of the best schools of education in the country. I look forward to learning from the experts about the newest and most advanced thinking on education equity.

Climate Change

Challenging the Inaction in Government

Climate change is a world-wide problem and needs to be addressed at every level of government. We can do things locally to reduce our impact, like increasing incentives for solar and wind installations, commiting to reducing our investments in fossil fuels, installing solar panels on all city properties, increasing our safe walking and biking ability, and committing the city to becoming carbon neutral by 2035. These are all ideas that could be instituted on a city wide level to make a difference locally.