Partner for Mental Health is excited to release on the record statements from candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Commonwealth’s Attorney, Charlottesville City Council, and regional General Assembly seats regarding mental health issues facing the greater Charlottesville area!
Click on the links below to read the questions we posed to the candidates and their on the record responses. Partner for Mental Health is committed to transparency and fairness, and the comments below are from the candidates directly as we received them, with no editing.
Links to the questions posed to the candidates are here:
Links to the candidates’ on the record responses are here:
Candidates for Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
Candidates for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Candidates for Charlottesville City Council
Candidates for General Assembly
Mental health is a nonpartisan issue. One in five members of our community will face a mental health challenge at some point in life. Mental illness impacts such a large segment of our community that it needs to be part of the election conversation. Partner for Mental Health does not endorse or oppose any candidate. By asking candidates to go on the record regarding mental health issues we are doing our best to make sure that voters are fully informed prior to the election. We are grateful for the time and thought the candidates put into their statements.
Most encouraging to us is that both candidates for Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney indicated willingness to consider changing the local Mental Health Therapeutic Docket to a pre-adjudication structure to further decriminalize mental illness. Additionally, most candidates for City Council and Board of Supervisors who responded to the request for comment explicitly committed to continuing to fund the Mental Health Therapeutic Docket. These are both big wins for local mental health policy!
We encourage you to contact the candidates directly with follow up questions relating to their comments. Partner for Mental Health did not receive responses from: Paul Long (Charlottesville City Council candidate); Elliot Harding, Amy Laufer, Bryce Reeves (Senate candidates); Janice Allen, Rob Bell, Matt Farris, Sally Hudson, Jennifer Kitchen, and Chris Runion (House of Delegates candidates).