CITIZENS FIRST FOR BLACKSBURG
CHARTER AND BYLAWS
Article I: Name
Section 1. 1. The name of the corporation shall be “Citizens First for Blacksburg”, hereafter CF.
Article II: Mission, Process, Goals, and Functions
Section II. I. Mission
Citizens Firstfor Blacksburg (CF) is a formally chartered Political Action Committee constituted by a broad base of Blacksburg area residents who seek to work together for the best future for Blacksburg and the region. CF is not affiliated with any political party.The Citizens First mission is to enable Blacksburg area citizens to work together, with publicofficials, and with other civic groups and stakeholders to better research, understand, and shapethe quality of life in our community–livability, sustainability, and equity – for themselves and their children.Section II. 2. Foundational PremiseThe foundational premise underlying the CF mission is that democratic processes work best with anactive electorate that is aware of community needs, uses information, respects divergent views, seeksconsensus, resolves conflicts, and supports principled public policy.Section II. 3. Goals1.
Encourage active citizen participation2.
Ensure transparency in government3.
Protect Blacksburg’s unique character and natural areas for future generations4.
Enhance quality of life in Blacksburg5.
Promote responsible growth6.
Endorse and support candidates for public office7.
Make Blacksburg the kind of town in which our children will want to raise their childrenSection II. 4. Functions1.
To clarify issues pertinent to the governance of the Blacksburg area2.
To advocate courses of action that will produce outcomes consistent with CF’s goals.3.
To endorse the best qualified candidates for Town Council, commission, and boards4.
To maintain good working relationships with town leaders, creating a two-way exchange of ideasand advocacy of courses of action5.
To facilitate citizen information and involvement through provision of accessible electronicmedia, the printed word, public discussion, and other means