League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

"The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

Positions of the League of Women Voters:  National, State, Local

The League of Women Voters, through a consensus process with all local leagues, has adopted positions and takes action on the following subjects at three levels: national (LWVUS), Virginia (LWV-VA), and Charlottesville Area (LWV-CVA). For information on any positions, contact the League office at lwv@lwv-cva.org. On this page:



See LWV US “Impact on Issues – 2018-20” at https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues.

Representative Government

  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Election Process
  • Citizen Rights
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Privatization
  • Voting Rights

International Relations

  • Arms Control
  • Trade
  • Military Policy and Defense Spending
  • United Nations

Natural Resources

  • Resource Management
  • Pollution Control
  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Participation
  • Recycling and Waste Management
  • Agriculture Policies

Social Policy

  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Child Care
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • Transportation
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Federal Role in Public Education Position
  • Gun Control
  • Urban Policy
  • Immigration
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • Health Care
  • Early Intervention for Children at Risk
  • Violence Prevention
  • Death Penalty
  • Sentencing Policy
  • Human Trafficking


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Go to 2019 Positioned for Action for full texts of LWV-VA Positions

  • Election Laws
  • Adult Domestic Violence
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Air Quality
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Child Care
  • Juvenile/Adult Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Restoration of Civil Rights for Virginia Felons
  • Children at Risk
  • Land Use
  • Delegation of State Power to Local Government
  • Mental Health
  • Reapportionment/Redistricting
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Water Supply & Distribution
  • Financing of Public Education
  • Women’s Rights/ Virginia Law

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As described in the 2019-20 Membership Directory

Child Care: Action: Support of community based efforts to improve the quality and affordability of and accessibility to child care in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. To advocate for: 1) increased business and local government support for child care and 2) improved information for parents and the community at large regarding available child care and the quality and performance of child care providers. [2001]

Education: Action: Support of equal access to a quality public elementary and secondary educational system from pre-kindergarten through high school with adequate funding, competent personnel, well-maintained facilities, and adequate resources and supplies. Support of specified statements to assure quality education, particularly addressing the needs of diverse student populations in the Charlottesville Area school systems, including the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Fluvanna County. Support for local policies that promote learning by recognizing that the basic needs of all children include health care and adequate nutrition. Support and funding for pre-kindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs for all students. Support for curriculum and programs that prepare students for a 21st century workforce by providing emphasis on scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical skills. Support of all aspects of community education. Support of specific ways to attract and retain quality classroom teachers and to encourage excellence in teaching. Continued monitoring of local school systems, with special emphasis on expenditures and funding sources, education and extracurricular programs, salaries and responsibilities, and citizen involvement. Special attention to potential major changes in local school systems. [2013]

Government: Action: Support of long-range planning; sharing and/or consolidating resources, services, and structures; and increased cooperation between Charlottesville Area and the University of Virginia. Support of a fair and flexible tax system necessary for responsive government, using the following criteria in evaluating taxation proposals and/or reform measures: equity, including the ability to pay and benefits received; consistency with social and economic goals of the community and the LWV; efficiency of administration, including computation, payment and collection methods, and public understanding; adequacy of revenue, including ability to adjust to changes in economic conditions. Support for increasing the number of magisterial districts in the County to an odd number (7 or 9). Support for a mix of urban and rural residents in each district, taking into account natural geographic boundaries and communities. Encourage the Board of Supervisors to appoint a task force to study the feasibility of seeking a charter for the County. Support of the Sustainability Accords, particularly of the section on Government Goal: Governmental decisions are made in an environment that promotes widespread, informed, and civil public participation. [1990]

Health and Family Life Education and Health Services in Area Public Schools: Action: Support of the following health services and programs: a dedicated health facility which conforms to state and national guidelines; a full time health professional for each school health facility; school advisory boards which include health professionals, parents, and community members; a qualified and trained director of school health programs; and health and family life education in our area schools which includes: regular periodic review of curriculum to ensure updating with new information or materials and to meet needs that are identified, more age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education, continued training of teachers in health and family life curricula and issues, use of experts to participate in health and family life education of students and teacher training, identifying additional resource materials and making them available to students, parents and teachers, increasing community and family understanding of and involvement in health and family life education. (2013)   For the report of the LWV CVA Women’s Issues Study Group, click on Health and FLE Study Report.

Housing: Action: Monitor and take action on housing programs in the City and County under LWV/US Housing Positions. Work for availability and affordability.

Natural Resources:

Energy:  Action: Support for environmentally sound policies and activities that promote efficient use and conservation of energy and the use of renewable energy sources.

Land Use:

Action: Support of regional planning procedures which inform the public of the direct and indirect costs and benefits related to land use. Support of land use standards for the location, intensity of use, open-space access, and services that will satisfy immediate human needs and give long-term protection to the total environment, with emphasis on implementation and enforcement of ordinances, as well as on education. Continued evaluation of and action on issues related to land use management: comprehensive plans, watershed management, zoning ordinances, and management of waste.  Support of decisions on the use or reuse of land that agree with the League of Women Voters of the US stewardship principles.


Action: Support of policies and procedures which promote long-range planning and conservation of water resources through water conservation and watershed management of ground and surface waters, specifically: (1) develop conservation programs that include drought management as a key element in water supply planning, (2) reduce water usage by pricing and water-saving plumbing codes, (3) require users of ground water supplies to meet or exceed the standards of the State Department of Health, and (4) support septic system regulations that protect groundwater. Support for policies that protect surface water, ground water, and drinking water from contamination.  Continued studying and monitoring of both ground and surface water issues and the implementation of water management plans, and advocating where appropriate.

Waste Management:

Action: Support for policies that reduce the generation of waste and promote reuse and recycling of materials.  Support for    policies that ensure safe disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, in order to protect public health and air, water and land resources.  (2018)

Regional Library System: Action: Support of equal access to a quality regional library system with well-qualified personnel and adequate facilities, resources, and services. Support of appropriate levels of local funding. Monitor major changes in library services.

Transportation Action: Support of a balanced transportation system with fixed-route bus service offered day and evening for the entire urban population and, where the need can be demonstrated, fixed-route rural service. Support of coordinated transportation services. Work to implement development of bike paths. Monitor traffic patterns and problems in the greater Charlottesville area.

Firearms Safety Action: Monitor and take action on Firearms Safety legislation under LWVUS Gun Control positions. Support local, state, and federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of firearms by private citizens.

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August 16 - 3 - 4 pm - Sunday Seminar - "Reforming Justice for Women". - Virtual Meeting - Register to join: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/league-of-women-voters-of-the-charlottesville-area-30790593906 August 19 - 1:30 - 3:30 pm. LWV CVA Board Meeting (zoom meeting). For further information, contact Pat Cochran, 434-326-7873. August 20 - 11:15 am to 12:30 pm - LWV CVA Natural Resources Committee Virtual Meeting To join, contact Linda Goodling, linniecg740@gmail.com.

League of Women Voters
of the Charlottesville Area
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2786
Charlottesville, VA  22902
Email:  lwv@lwv-cva.org

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