Tina Wyatt-Younger, vice mayor of the town of South Boston, is running for reelection to town council in the May 19 election.
She is one of six candidates running for three seats in the council election.
Wyatt-Younger is serving her second four-year term on council and has held the position of vice-mayor for the past two years.
“Serving on South Boston’s town council is more than a seat. It is a passion and a calling,” Wyatt-Younger said. “I am running for reelection because I can be a role model for those little girls who, like myself, dreamt of becoming a public servant. I want women to go for what they dream of and believe in what they can become.”
As a young girl, the South Boston native said she dreamed of becoming a mayor of a town. She would play the game Sim City for hours, creating a town and forming a government. Later, as a high school student, Wyatt-Younger ran for many offices and won.
“Little did I know that I was being prepared for what is now,” Wyatt-Younger said. “God knows how to prepare a person for their destiny.”
If re-elected, Wyatt-Younger said she plans to continue working to move the town of South Boston forward. Among her goals for the next four years and beyond are to continue her work on the finance/budget committee, encourage entrepreneur building, continue to support the town’s first responders such as police, fire, EMS and public works departments, promote economic development and civic/community engagement, foster a plan to upgrade and support the town’s recreational department programs for young people, and work on a comprehensive plan to make some of the town’s most vulnerable communities thrive.
One of Wyatt-Younger’s first and most memorable assignments as a town councilwoman was serving on the Washington Coleman Community Housing Rehabilitation Project as the liaison who shared information with the residents of the neighborhood. Wyatt-Younger recalled that the project was a $600,000 Community Improvement Grant awarded to the town and the town worked closely with the Southside District Planning Commission to accomplish the goal. The project allowed the town of South Boston to rehabilitate 14 homes and demolish four more.
Wyatt-Younger also initiated the local cigarette tax, which she says generated enough revenue to increase the pay of town employees making less than $40,000 per year, making it “worth the challenges and hard work.”
The town councilwoman has been involved in many other projects while serving on council. Those projects include the proposed Poplar Creek Homes Project in partnership with the Southside Outreach Group, the fire department expansion project, the MidAtlantic Broadband Communities Corporation-Microsoft, Inc. building, the new brick warehouse lofts and the Imperial Lofts.
In addition to serving as vice-mayor of South Boston, Wyatt-Younger currently serves on the South Boston Town Council finance committee, the Southside District Planning Commission and the Virginia Municipal League Policy Committee (economic and development).
Wyatt-Younger is a minister at Greater Deliverance Temple in Danville. She also has a ministry called My Sister’s Shoes. In her free time, Wyatt-Younger enjoys writing books and plays.
She grew up in South Boston. After graduating from high school in 1987, she moved away to attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Wyatt-Younger also holds a paralegal degree and a Bachelor of Science in government: politics and public policy from Liberty University. She is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. Wyatt-Younger moved back to her hometown 11 years ago after becoming a wife and mother. She said it was important to her for her son, Evan, to grow up in a “safe and loving environment.”
“South Boston is a special place because I get to show Evan where his mother and father grew up and to show others that you can improve where you live by making the necessary changes in your community, even if they seem impossible,” Wyatt-Younger said.