Mitch Van Yahres Dies
Former Delegate Mitch Van Yahres died Friday due to complications from lung surgery. He was 81. Van Yahres was a state delegate from the 57th District for 24 years before retiring in 2005. He was also a Charlottesville City councilor for six years and mayor for two, and founded the the Van Yahres Tree Company in 1949.
Before retiring, Mr. Van Yahres had these sage words for those seeking his seat: "They should run their own campaigns as they feel they should," he told the Hook in 2005. "Be themselves. Don't try to be too political– political in the negative sense." Amen.
Of course, the Hook had the pleasure of covering Mr. Van Yahres' political life over the years. Here are a few choice selections (Note: Bob Gibson also has a fine piece on his blog) :