Elect Partin Ward 3 coun­cilor

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

I have had the plea­sure of know­ing Johnny Partin for a num­ber of years. Since his grad­u­a­tion from VMI, he has con­tin­u­ally im­pressed me with both his en­thu­si­asm to im­prove the City of Hopewell and his deep com­mit­ment to ser­vice. Th­ese are ex­em­pli­fied by his years of or­ga­niz­ing trash clean-ups through­out the city and his suc­cess­ful re­cruit­ment of both young and old to par­tic­i­pate; his con­tin­ued ser­vice with FOLAR (Friends of Lower Ap­po­mat­tox River); his mul­ti­ple suc­cess­ful school sup­ply drives where he ap­peals to both the com­mu­nity at large along with lo­cal churches; his many club ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing be­ing named pres­i­dent of our lo­cal Ki­wa­nis club; and prob­a­bly most note­wor­thy is his ser­vice to our coun­try through the Vir­ginia Na­tional Guard where he re­cently re­ceived his Cap­tain’s bars.

While Johnny is a young man, his gen­tle ap­pear­ance should never be con­fused with in­no­cence or naivety. Those who know him un­der­stand that Johnny is wise be­yond his years. I have watched with amaze­ment at how he han­dles con­tro­versy and con­fronta­tion. He al­ways gives dig­nity and re­spect to those who dis­agree with him while mak­ing his point clear and un­der­stand­able. This, along with his com­mit­ment to ser­vice and to our city makes him an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of what a city coun­cilor should look like.

Please join me and elect Johnny Partin as our next Ward 3 city coun­cilor.

Su­san Eli­ades Hopewell

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