The second in a series of free educational forums on understanding government will be held Thursday, April 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at City Space in downtown Charlottesville and will feature talks on local government by three former Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials with over a hundred years of government experience between them.State Government and its relation to Virginia communities
- John Thomas, former Director, Virginia Institute of Government at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA
- Delegate David Toscano, 57th District representative, Virginia House of Delegates
- David Blount, Legislative Liaison, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
The government sessions are a series of six forums on understanding government offered by the Democratic Road Forward PAC, which was established in 2003 by the late Delegate Mitch Van Yahres.
In reference to the PAC, former Charlottesville City Councilor and PAC president, Meredith Richards explained that the mission is to encourage and nurture government leadership at the grassroots in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. “While some of our activities are partisan in nature,” she said, “others like the Understanding Government program are non-partisan and exist for the sole purpose of promoting good government and contributing to a well-informed citizenry.”
The Understanding Government forums will run every other Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from March 30 to June 8, with the first one held in City Council Chambers and the remaining forums at City Space in downtown Charlottesville.