“Understanding Government in Charlottesville” – Two nonpartisan educational events co-sponsored by
League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area and Charlottesville Tomorrow. To be held Sundays, February 11 and 25, 2-4 pm.  Please note change of venue for February 25 session:  Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, Charlottesville. 

Podcast for February 11 session now available here.

In the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville last August, many citizens have asked us to hold educational programs that would inform citizens about how our local government works and how it might be structured differently in the future.  We have scheduled two panel discussions in February to start this conversation.

The first session will focus on the current state of local government in Charlottesville (5-member city council elected at-large; city manager form of government; Dillon Rule state law; revenue sharing agreement with Albemarle; numerous shared governmental services; etc.). The second session will focus on alternative governance structures for the future.  What if Charlottesville elected its Mayor? What if city council was elected by wards and had additional members? What if Charlottesville reverted to a town in Albemarle County? What if we had a strong mayor vs. a city manager form of government? These are the questions our citizens are curious about today.

Session #1:   How government works in Charlottesville today

February 11, 2018, from 2 pm to 4 pm

Facilitators: Brian Wheeler, Executive Director, Charlottesville Tomorrow and

Andrea Douglas, Executive Director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Discussion of the current organization of Charlottesville local elections and the City Manager form of government with panelists: 

  • Bitsy Waters, Charlottesville mayor, 1988-90
  • Charles Barbour, Charlottesville’s first African-American mayor, 1974-76
  • Rich Schragger, UVA Law School professor
  • Tom Walls, Executive Director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Session #2:   How might Charlottesville be governed differently in the future?

February 25, 2018, from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville.

Facilitators: Andrea Douglas, Executive Director, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and

Bob Gibson, Communications Director and Senior Researcher, UVA’s Cooper Center for Public Service.

This session will focus on alternative forms of government and methods for electing City Council with panelists: 

  • Bill Pantele, Richmond City Council, 2001-09
  • George Gilliam, Charlottesville City Council, 1972-76
  • Rich Schragger, UVA Law School professor
  • Joan MacCallum, Lynchburg City Council, 1978-94

For more information about these events, contact Kerin Yates, email:  kerinyateslwvcva@gmail.com


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