Meet Vice Mayor Chris Faraldi
A YOUNG REPUBLICAN ON LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCIL
Vice Mayor Chris Faraldi has called Lynchburg home for nearly a decade. After coming to Lynchburg for his collegiate years, Chris began laying down roots, making the Hill City his home. As the son of a pastor, Faith in Christ is an integral piece of Chris' life.
From first serving Lynchburg as a District Representative for Congressman Bob Goodlatte, to now as a member of City Council, Chris' heart for the city and its region could not be more evident, derived from a daily dedication for seeking the face of the Lord.
A two-time graduate of Liberty University, Chris has earned a Bachelor of Science in Government and a Master of Arts in Business.Chris is no stranger to public policy and political work. In the past, he has been employed by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Tom Garrett, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ted Cruz, the Virginia House of Delegates, as well as the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance as Director of Government Relations.
Currently, Chris is a REALTOR® with a local brokerage. He also operates a small digital marketing and consulting business.
Due to lockdowns and shutdowns for the better part of 2020, the Faraldi campaign had to get creative by bringing 21st-century campaign strategies to Lynchburg. This enabled Chris' conservative message to spread throughout the district and the city at large in strong form. Even during the height of the COVID-19 narrative, Chris was elected in 2020 with over 61% of the vote, securing the most votes for a single candidate in the history of the district. Chris' term began July 1, 2020, and will be until December 31st, 2024.
Chris married Rachel in April of 2023. From Salem, Virginia, Rachel came to Lynchburg via Liberty University where she studied graphic design and marketing. After owning a photography business, she decided to return to school so she could "help" people. Two years later, Rachel graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently works in the Emergency Department at Roanoke Memorial.
Together, they both enjoy traveling, uncovering the next eatery, playing board games, cheering on the Liberty Flames, and daily loving on a seven-year-old rescue from the Lynchburg Humane Society named Duke.
Vice Mayor, 2023-2024
Finance Committee Chair, 2023-2024
Council Committee & Board Assignments:
Physical Development Committee (Former)
Horizon Behavioural Health
Lynchburg Community Action Group
Local Emergency Planning Committee
State Executive Council for Children's Services (Governor's Appointment)
Lynchburg Little League
Lynchburg City Republican Committee
Central Virginia Young Professionals
Virginia Economic Developer's Association
International Economic Development Council