Mitch Van Yahres

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Mitchell Van Yahres
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Mitch Van Yahres (D-57)

District 57th
Term Start 1981
Term End 2005
Preceded by Thomas J. Michie, Jr.
Succeeded by David Toscano

Term Start 1970
Term End 1972
Preceded by Dutch Vogt
Succeeded by Francis Fife

Term Start 1968
Term End 1976

Biographical Information

Date of birth October 21, 1926
Date of death February 8, 2008 (aged 81

)

Place of birth Mineola, New York
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia
Spouse Elizabeth Louise Franklin
Children Michel (Mike),
Mark E.,
Keith A.,
Laura V. Ganz,
and Elizabeth A. Nave
Residence Charlottesville, Virginia
Alma mater Cornell University
Profession Arborist, Tree Surgeon
Religion Roman Catholic

Democrat Mitchell "Mitch" Van Yahres (1926-2008) served as Mayor of Charlottesville from 1970 to 1972. He also represented Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County for over two dozen years in the General Assembly as the Delegate from the 57th House District.

During his campaign for Council in 1968, Van Yahres ran on a platform to increase fair housing[1].

Van Yahres remembered

Shortly after Van Yahres' death in February 2008, WINA radio host Coy Barefoot dedicated an episode to comments from area residents and officials who worked with Van Yahres[2]. Statements included:

Mitch was a Delegate who at times was known as the patron saint of unpopular causes.
former Charlottesville Daily Progress reporter Bob Gibson
His legacy with me is that I want to grow up and be like him.
long-time aide Connie Jorgenson
Mitch was always about cultivating the next generation of leadership.
Mitch Van Yahres' footprints will be seen forever in Charlottesville.

1968 election

Candidate Votes %
Joseph W. Wright Jr. (R) 2,448 42.1%
Kenneth E. Davis (R) 2,359 40.6%
Mitchell Van Yahres (D) 2,296 39.5%
Lois Mothes (R) 2,160 37.1%
Henry Floyd Johnson (I) 2,141 36.8%
Collett M. Thach (D) 2,129 36.6%
Geraldine A. Meyung (D) 2,069 35.6%
Source: City of Charlottesville[3]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.


External links

Mitch Van Yahres on wikipedia

References

  1. 'Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor', 10 Aug. 2006. Lisa Provence. The Hook. 2 May 2009.
  2. Mitch Van Yahres remembered." Interview. Audio blog post. Charlottesville Podcasting Network. 12 Feb. 2008. 9 June 2009 <http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2008/02/12/mitch-van-yahres-remembered/>.
  3. Web. Election Results for June 11, 1968, City of Charlottesville, retrieved December 31, 2010.