“Mitch was a Delegate who at times was known as the patron saint of unpopular causes,” said Charlottesville Daily Progress reporter Bob Gibson. Gibson relates the tale of how Van Yahres posthumously endorsed Barack Obama.
“His legacy with me is that I want to grow up and be like him,” said his long-time aide Connie Jorgenson.
“Mitch was always about cultivating the next generation of leadership,” said Holly Hatcher of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
“Mitch Van Yahres’ footprints will be seen forever in Charlottesville, Virginia,” said Eugene Williams, former director of the Dogwood Housing Limited Partnership.