Many of the citizens of Greensville County and the City of Emporia may not be aware but there is a Democratic and Republican Primary Election being held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. In particular, I am asking for your support for the Democratic Candidates for the Fourth Congressional District.

But before I go any further in this letter let me be perfectly clear with you what it is that I am asking of you:

Get out and vote and support the Democratic candidates for the Fourth Congressional District on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Your normal polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

There are two Democratic candidates seeking your support for Congress and both are extremely well qualified to run for office if selected.

The first candidate seeking the Democratic nomination is Dr. Ella P. Ward, “A Voice for the People”, is a public school educator for 35 years, a Chesapeake School Board member for 6 years, a member of the Chesapeake City Council for 6 years, and has proven leadership at the State level having served 8 years on the Virginia Board of Education. She is a member of Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, NCNW and 100 Black Women, and Life Member of the NAACP. She is a product of the Nansemond county (now City of Suffolk) Public School System, holds her Bachelors and Masters of Arts from Norfolk State University, a Masters of Science from Old Dominion University, and CAGS and Ed. D. from Virginia Tech. Dr. Ward has been married to Herman L. Ward for 47 years. They have a son who is a retired Navy Commander and is a current Facilities Director at Tuskegee University.

The second candidate seeking the Democratic nomination is Mr. Joe T. Elliott, Jr., “The Average Joe”, is also a public school educator in the Sussex County Public School System. He serves as an Associate minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia and worked for the Federal, State and Local government as Graphics Arts Supervisor at Fort Lee under contract as well as the Surry and Sussex Public Schools as well as the Department of Correctional Education – Bon Air and Hanover Juvenile Correction Centers. He is a product of the Surry County Public School System as well as a graduate of Virginia State University. Mr. Elliott is a husband and father of two.

As you can clearly see either candidate would be well qualified to represent the Fourth Congressional District. But they cannot go to Washington and represent us in the United States House of Representatives if we don’t get out and vote to get either one of them on the ballot in November!

It is easy for current representation in Washington to get away with being obstructionists and do nothing when we don’t have representation that has walked a mile in our shoes. In both Dr. Ward and Mr. Elliott we have two candidates that have this district and its people at heart and understands the real difficulties in making ends meet, that understands the reality in either paying for your medicine, heating your home or feeding your family. As public educators, both of these candidates clearly see the complexities of struggling school systems as it grows ever more burdensome to continue to do more with less.

We can continue to complain but actions speak louder than words!

I look forward to seeing you at the polls on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

George E. Morrison, III

Chairman, Greensville County and City of Emporia

Democratic Committee