On the Ballot: Emporia Mayor

The Mayor of the City of Emporia is elected at-large. In the November 8, 2016 General Election, Marva Jo Dunn is running against incumbent Mary L. Person. Here is some information about the candidates.

Marva Jo Dunn (I)

(Information courtesy of http://www.mjdunnmayor.com/)

marvaMarva Jo Richardson Dunn was born and reared in Greensville County, VA. and received her high school diploma from Greensville County Public School System.

Dunn graduated from Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA, with Honors in Human Services with a Minor in Police Science. She received a B.S. Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Randolph Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College), Lynchburg, VA. She also did advanced study in Agency Counseling, at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA.

Dunn received numerous awards for her community service work while living in Lynchburg, VA. RMWC highlighted her work in several of their publications and she appeared in a TV spot for RMWC that was used as a marketing tool for recruiting “Prime Time” students. The college also honored Dunn during Women’s History month for outstanding achievements in the Lynchburg, VA community.

Dunn created and secured funding to establish a one of its kind program for Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts Council in Lynchburg, VA, for the purpose of increasing minority Girl Scout membership. The program was so successful the Council asked her to start the same program in Roanoke, VA. She was also the Executive Director of the program. WEST T.V. highlighted the program Dunn created to recruit inner city girls on a Sunday afternoon T. V. special. She currently works for the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit in Emporia, VA and has received Volunteer of the Year Award from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Richmond, VA.

Dunn is the proud mother of five children, JoAnn, Gardner, William, Jr, Jada, and Demetrius, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mary L. Person (I)

mary-person Mary Person is the current Mayor of the City of Emporia. Her term ends December 31, 2016. Person was elected as the first African American female to serve on Emporia City Council, made history again when she was elected on  November 6, 2012, as the first African American and first female to serve as Mayor for the City of Emporia. She is running for re-election in November.




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