Michael Payne

City Council
Title: Council Member
Michael Payne

Term: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023
Stipend: $18,000
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Political Goals/Priority Issues

Making Charlottesville a thriving community for working class families by investing in affordable housing, public transportation, and jobs that pay a living wage. In addition, working collaboratively to make Charlottesville a statewide leader on solving the climate crisis by achieving carbon neutrality, promoting multi-modal transportation, supporting our local renewable energy sector, and protecting local green space.


Michael’s family live in the area where he grew up.


Michael graduated from Albemarle High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Professional/Military Experience

Michael has worked in affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity Virginia and PACEM.


  • Charlottesville Democratic Party
  • Charlottesville Low Income Housing Coalition (CLIHC)
  • Cville 100
  • Indivisible Charlottesville
  • Sunrise Charlottesville

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