To the Editor:

Election season is in full throttle and we are less than 30 days to Election Day and some major decisions are at hand!

On behalf of the City of Emporia and Greensville County Democratic Committee I write in full support of the candidacy of Mrs. Yolanda Hines for City Council in District 7.  District 7’s representative resigned her seat on Council after many months of living outside the city and ultimately moving to be near her new job.  This resignation left a vacancy and thusly it brings us to an election to be held this November 6, 2018 to fill that vacancy.

Fortunately for our friends and neighbors in District 7 they will finally have a Council Member that will represent them fairly and one which will unequivocally have their best interest at heart!  Rarely do you see a candidate rise to the top that gets it…and Yolanda Hines GETS IT!  As a member of our committee she sought our endorsement to run for city council under our banner to effectuate positive change.  In Yolanda’s impassioned plea seeking our support she clearly understands that our city is at a crossroads – we either idly watch as our city folds with ever increasing water bills, “shell games” of devaluing property assessments while increasing property taxes, as well as decreasing city service.  OR…the city council and its leaders can “take the bull by the horns” and address the city’s need for stronger and more frequent efforts to spur on Economic Development efforts.  Instead of discourse over disrespecting fellow citizens and calling them belittling names she believes that it is time to try regular and persistent intelligent conversations during each and every city council meeting about recruiting employers with jobs that can pay a living wage and take proactive steps to recruit developers that are willing to invest in our city.  Additionally, we should be encouraging entrepreneurs and small business owners – as we all know a rising tide lifts ALL boats!  When investment is encouraged, new jobs are sought and created, the quality of our schools’ performance increases and in turn the will of future generations to return home and know they are wanted and needed to keep writing the city of Emporia’s future success story!

Mrs. Hines is an ardent supporter for after school and year round recreational opportunities for our children and youth.  She is a firm believer that governments place emphasis on the things which are of the utmost importance to them and for her that emphasis should be greatly shared with the future and hope of our community – our children.  Yolanda is equally as concerned about her fellow citizens in that she puts her money where her mouth is. She has assisted many citizens not only from her district but across the city and county with job searches through her work with head start and her work at Southside Virginia Community College.

There is no one better qualified and suited to stand and fight for this community and its citizens than Yolanda Hines!  She has worked in public service for more than 26 years and truly understands the need to attract new Employers, affordable quality housing and year round youth programs.

Yolanda comes to the table with a wealth of experience and has prepared herself to take on the challenges presented in the city. She has her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Averett University. She IS the only candidate that is ready to address the REAL concerns of the city of Emporia’s District 7!!!

I ask on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 that her fellow citizens of District 7 make your way to the fire department and cast your vote for Yolanda Hines, City Council!  The polls open at 6 o’clock in the morning and close at 7 o’clock in the evening – stop by and vote for a Positive CHANGE in the city of Emporia!

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Emporia-Greensville Democrats,

George E. Morrison, III, Chairman

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