Elizabeth "Bitsy" Waters

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Elizabeth "Bitsy" Waters

Term Start 1988
Term End 1990
Preceded by Frank Buck
Succeeded by Alvin Edwards

Biographical Information

Democrat Elizabeth "Bitsy" Waters served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1988 to 1990. She has also been a member of the Charlottesville Tree Commission. [1]

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In 2006 Hook article, Waters claimed to be the first Mayor to deliver a presentation to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. [2]

During a gathering of former mayors and vice mayors in September 2015, Waters said crack cocaine had been a major issue during her term on Council. [3]

1988 election for City Council

Candidates Votes %
Bitsy Waters (D) 3,496 51.19
Tom Vandever (D) 3,326 48.70
Alvin Edwards (D) 3,332 48.79
David Sheffield (R) 3,291 48.19
Margaret Carter (R) 3,145 46.05
Judith Wright (R) 3,112 45.57

Voters could cast three votes, one for each of the three seats available, hence the percentages do not total 100%.


  1. Web. Tree Commission, City of Charlottesville, retrieved November 3, 2014.
  2. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, August 10, 2006, retrieved July 3, 2020. Print. August 10, 2006 , 0532, .
  3. Web. Former mayors and vice mayors offer advice to City Council, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 7, 2015, retrieved November 13, 2017.