Citizens Committee to Study Council Change
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The Citizens Committee to Study Council Change (CCSCC) was a committee appointed by City Council in the summer of 1980 to study whether the city should change the method by which Councilors were elected.
The Committee was given the following charge from City Council:
- “To investigate and report, with recommendations, the means by which Council may be made more democratic or representative by revising the composition and/or election process by which Council members are selected. The Committee is to consider the advisability as well as the feasibility of making such changes. Specific methods for consideration include: 1) use of a ward or mixed ward / at large system; 2) enlarging Council from its present five members: 3) direct election of the mayor; 4) any other suggestions relevant to the above inquiry.”
The CCSCC issued its report in November 1980 which had six basic recommendations:
- A ward-only system should not be considered
- The mayor should continue to be a member of Council, and not directly elected
- Council should transition to a system where some Councilors are elected by ward and others are elected at large
- The make-up should be 3 elected at-large and four elected by ward
- Any changes should be approved by voters in a referendum
- Transition should occur during the Council's regular election cycle
- O.A. Gianniny, Jr., Chairman
- William Harris, NAACP
- Susie Sherwood, League of Women Voters
- Lucius Bracey, Chamber of Commerce
- G.C. Morse, Charlottesville Democratic Party
- Peter V. Daniels, Jr., Charlottesville Republican Party
- James F. King, Federation of Neighborhood Associations
- Lawrence Burruss
- Raymond A. Hailes
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 4 Aug. 1980..
- Schilling, Rob. "Charlottesville Elections: Exposing Central Party Democrat Fraud, Corruption, Racial Manipulation and Hypocrisy." Weblog post. The Schilling Show Blog. 5 Mar. 2009. 14 July 2009 <http://blog.schillingshow.com/2009/03/05/charlottesville-elections-exposing-central-party-democrat-fraud-corruption-racial-manipulation-and-hypocrisy/>.
- Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 3 Nov. 1980.