To the editor:

Has anyone seen Bob Hughes? Has anyone seen Bob building 16 houses for Habitat for Humanity? Has anyone seen Bob Hughes working in the local soup kitchen? Has anyone seen Bob Hughes serving on the South Boston Planning Commission or Destination Downtown or Town Council? Did anyone see Bob Hughes working with at-risk youth through SVCC? 

According to Mahatma Gandi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

I believe Bob Hughes has certainly lost himself in the service to others. I am writing to support Bob Hughes’ re-election to the South Boston Town Council on May 19, 2020. 

Bob Hughes has been a part of many significant accomplishments during his time on town council including the conversion of Washington Coleman Elementary School into a community center and the completion of the Washington Coleman Neighborhood Housing Project, resulting in 12-15 new or rehabbed houses in that community. 

Bob has worked to keep South Boston in its best financial shape in 50 years while continuing to support city agencies such as buying new vehicles for first responders and helping to fund the addition to the South Boston Fire Department. 

Bob has been instrumental in promoting the restoration and repurposing of the New Brick and Imperial Loft warehouses into 98 market rate apartments. 

He has actively supported the city’s Start-Up Program, resulting in six new minority businesses in South Boston. Bob Hughes also has assisted in the John Randolph boutique hotel and conference center renovation and upgrade. 

Have you seen Bob Hughes making a huge difference in South Boston? Have you seen Bob Hughes keeping our town vital and our citizens supported in unselfish service? Some people see a need and shake their heads. Other people, like Bob, see a need and role up their sleeves. Help Bob find himself back on South Boston Town Council and back on our side. 

According to Heather Harding, registrar of Halifax County, “To vote absentee, you must request a ballot via an application that is available at the registrar’s office, located at the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax, or online at” 

To be counted, completed ballots must be returned to the registrar’s office by 7 p.m. by Election Day, May 19.

 You do not need an excuse to vote absentee; instead, check Code 2A on ballots for ‘disability or illness’ in recognition of the Covid 19 pandemic. 

Curbside voting — a service that is normally limited to those 65 or older, or with a disability — may be offered to all voters if circumstances warrant. 

“If there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases, we may allow everyone to participate in curbside voting,’ said Harding.

You can call 434-476-3322 for more information.

The last day to vote in person absentee is May 16. You may do so by calling that number and going to the Mary Bethune Complex. 


Elizabeth G. Layne