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Key Recreation Precinct - Name Change

Post Date:01/31/2020 8:38 AM
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Melissa Morton
Director of Elections and General Registrar
434-970-3251
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2020

Key Recreation Precinct - Name Change

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - On January 6, 2020, City Council approved the name change of "Recreation Precinct" to the "Key Recreation Precinct" in order to reflect the correct name of the building as well to properly honor Herman Key, Jr. for which the Center was named.

Charlottesville Voters who vote in Recreation Precinct should be advised that this is a name change only. The physical location of 800 E Market Street remains the same.

Notices to Key Recreation Precinct Voters was mailed out this week.

Please contact the Voter Registration Office at (434) 970-3250 with any questions.

About Herman Key, Jr.

Herman Key, Jr. graduated from Fluvanna High School, where he was a star running back for their championship football team. An illness during his senior year left him paralyzed and he subsequently he used a wheelchair for mobility.

Following high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1984. During that period he became a star player and captain for the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team.

He joined the staff of the Independence Resource Center, a non-profit advocacy organization for people with disabilities, and as the Assistant Director of the organization, he quickly became well known for his community advocacy and knowledge of disability law and rights issues affecting the community.

He served on the Charlottesville Planning Commission for ten years and became an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act and took a major role in developing accessible and affordable housing throughout the community.

Following his death in 2004, the General Assembly of Virginia issued a resolution celebrating his life and expressed “great sadness at the loss of an exceptional citizen of Charlottesville” and noted his significant contributions to “the people with disabilities and the everyday citizens of Charlottesville whom he served with such diligence and effectiveness”

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